What is CIRB?
CIRB is a non-profit organization whose central mission is to protect the rights and welfare of human research participants while promoting an understanding among independent IRBs on ways to support this goal. Approximately 40% of clinical research in the United States is conducted in non-academic settings, and independent IRBs review a majority of this research. As a member of CIRB, your organization would have a voice in fulfilling this mission.
What does CIRB do?
CIRB protects and promotes the interests of both its membership and the public by careful, collaborative assessment of the issues and their impact and development of strategies and policies to successfully intercede on behalf of the group and its membership, wherever and whenever necessary.
Many changes have taken place in the way research is conducted, and a number of proposals by the government that would affect IRBs directly are currently under consideration. As part of CIRB, your organization can impact how these proposals are considered and implemented. Additionally, membership in CIRB can provide powerful, industry-wide representation and valuable access to colleagues at independent, professional review boards.
CIRB has participated collectively in a number of important initiatives, including the following:
Additionally, CIRB meets twice a year to address ongoing issues that affect independent IRBs. The meetings are normally scheduled to coincide with national industry meetings attended by most CIRB members. Interacting with CIRB members either at one of the biannual meetings or privately, provides you with access to industry leaders. This is an invaluable resource.
We hope your organization is interested in becoming part of CIRB.
Consortium of Independent Review Boards
PO Box 562
Rockville, MD 20848
Membership applications will be considered within approximately two weeks of receipt.
Annual dues are $500.
CIRB appreciates your interest and looks forward to your participation as a member.