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Human-Subject Protections - Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Office of Research Compliance and Integrity (RCI) is the administrative office that supports the Institutional Review Board (IRB) by coordinating the review of research, keeping abreast of changing policies, rules and regulations, and working with the IRB and researchers to address research protocol and compliance issues.

RCI also provides education and outreach to UC Merced investigators and functions as a liaison to other campus units.

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Activities that Require IRB Review

All human-subject research, and all other activities that in part involve human-subject research, regardless of sponsorship/funding, must be reviewed and approved by the UC Merced IRB, or registered exempt by the Office of Research Compliance and Integrity - IRB Office before initiation.

This includes all interventions and interactions with human subjects for research, including advertising, recruitment and/or screening of potential subjects. Additionally, use of state death data records must be reviewed and approved by the UC Merced IRB before initiation.