Each IRB at CHOP includes voting members, including a chair and vice chairs, in addition to a variable number of alternate members. Members are selected for their willingness to serve, expertise and familiarity with research design and procedures. Members include faculty from a wide variety of clinical disciplines and specialties to ensure adequate expertise. The committees also include legal advisors, nurses, pharmacists and others to provide needed expertise, and community members and non-scientists to represent the viewpoint of the general community and lay audience. Representatives unaffiliated with CHOP also serve on each IRB.
The committee also includes members who can represent the interests of special and vulnerable populations. If necessary, the IRB will seek outside consultation to supplement existing expertise on the committee. By maintaining a diverse membership, CHOP's IRB are able to review the wide variety of research studies conducted at CHOP.
The membership of CHOP's IRBs complies with all federal regulatory requirements. The IRB works closely with related committees, such as Radiation Safety, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), the Institutional Biosafety Committee and the Center for Human Phenomic Science (CHPS) (formerly Clinical and Translational Research Center), to ensure that the requirements of those groups are addressed before final approval of a project is provided.