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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

All research activities involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved by an IRB unless the research falls into a category of exemption established by federal regulation.  Detailed information can be found at the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Human Research Protection website:

The Ohio Department of Health’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a governmental health-related entity composed of members from several state agencies.  The ODH IRB only has jurisdiction to review human subjects research which, directly or indirectly, involves the State of Ohio, its agencies or instrumentalities, as well as local government entities over which the ODH IRB has accepted jurisdiction.

In accordance with FDA regulations, the ODH IRB reviews human subject research proposals to ensure risks have been minimized and the potential for benefit has been maximized before human subjects participate in the research. The ODH IRB also ensures, when required, that human subjects only volunteer to participate in research after providing legally effective informed consent.

All ODH data released as part of an approved IRB protocol must follow the ODH Data Policies and Standards relating to small cell size.

Investigators may not solicit subject participation or begin data collection until they have received approval from the appropriate IRB or written concurrence that research has been determined to be exempt from IRB review.

All applicants must fill out the IRB Application Form and required attachments and submit it to the email address listed below.  The forms are located on the “ODH IRB Application Forms” tab to the left.

IRB meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of every month January through October and the first Tuesday of December. IRB Application Forms and all other documents must be received at least 14 calendar days prior to the meeting date for it to be considered at the next meeting.  We strongly recommend submitting applications prior to the deadline to allow for review and revisions if necessary.


Telephone: (614) 995-0775 for Lisa Locklin


Page Updated: 2/20/2018