This section will help you learn more about ways your institution can work with Copernicus Group IRB.

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Copernicus Group IRB (CGIRB), an independent IRB based in North Carolina, has been providing ethical review services in the research arena since 1996. CGIRB is a member of the Consortium of Independent Review Boards (CIRB), a group of independent IRBs that regularly meets to review issues of importance to the protection of human research subjects. CGIRB was inspected by the FDA in 1999 and again in 2005 with no Form FDA 483 issued. In 2004, CGIRB was awarded full accreditation of the human research protection program by AAHRPP®, The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc, and was awarded full reaccreditation in 2007.

CGIRB is registered with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) as IRB00001313, enabling the review of HHS-supported or -conducted human subjects research under the Federalwide Assurance (FWA) of a submitting body, by being added to the institution’s Federalwide Assurance (FWA) using the IRB Authorization Agreement (see forms).

CGIRB has a capable and knowledgeable staff to support the CGIRB Board’s workload and address issues and concerns from research subjects and investigators alike. CGIRB emphasizes the importance of continuous quality improvement and training. Our standard operating procedures and submission forms are reviewed biennially.

We encourage you to call us and plan a visit to our facility in North Carolina to find out more about how we may partner with your institution to provide the best possible human subject protection.

If you can’t find the answer to your questions, contact us for more information.