Institutional Review Board: Investigator Responsibilities When Conducting Human Subjects Research

This booklet is designed to help investigators better meet their obligations for conducting human subject research by clarifying their responsibility (1) to supervise a clinical study in which some study tasks are delegated to employees or colleagues of the investigator or other third parties, and (2) to protect the rights, safety and welfare of study subjects.

Target Audience

All investigators responsible for human subject research. 

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the history and importance of human subjects protection. 
  • Explain why additional protections are needed for vulnerable populations.
  • Delineate the appropriate procedures for recruiting research participants.
  • Implement the requirements and process for obtain informed consent following national evidence-based guidelines and Baptist Health IRB policies and procedures. 
  • Recognize the importance of study design in the protection of research participants.
  • Explain the responsibilities of a principal investigator.
Additional information

Office for Human Research Protection
Office for Human Research Protection Compliance & Reporting
Office for Human Research Protection Regulations, Policy & Posting Guidance for Investigators

Institutional Review Board: Management and Function by Elizabeth A. Bankert & Robert J. Amdur, Second Edition (2006)

Institutional Review Board: Member Handbook by Elizabeth A. Bankert & Robert J. Amdur, Third Edition (2011)

Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research. 
Federal Register Document

Code of Federal Regulations DHHS Part 45 CFR 46 Protection of Human Subjects
Revised January 19, 2017   Effective July 19, 2018

45 CFR 46 Subpart B
45 CFR 46 Subpart C
45 CFR 46 Subpart D

Food and Drug Administration Clinical Trial Guidance Documents

Food and Drug Administration Warning Letters

Baptist Health South Florida Institutional Review Board Policies and Procedures
BHSF 832.01 Advertisements and Recruiting Materials
BHSF 832.04 Medical Devices
BHSF 832.07 Investigational Drugs and Biologics
BHSF 832.08 Off-Label Use of Marketed Drugs, Biologics and Medical Devices 
BHSF 832.09 Emergency Use of a Drug, Device or Biological Product
BHSF 832.10 Data Safety Monitoring
BHSF 833.00 Informed Consent Process and Documentation
BHSF 833.01 General Requirements of Informed Consent
BHSF 833.03 Vulnerable Subjects
BHSF 834.01 IRB Audit Program
BHSF 834.02 Notification of Noncompliance

Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R)
Good Clinical Practice (GCP) – December 5, 2010

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.50 Nurse Practitioners
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Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.50 Nurse Practitioners
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