Human subjects protocols at LBNL
Federal regulations require that research involving human subjects or human derived data or tissues be reviewed by an Institutional Review Board. At Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory the IRB is the Human Subjects Committee (HSC). Here is a copy of our charter and our federal wide assurance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Here is further guidance from the Dept. of Energy's Human Subjects Protection Program on the need for IRB/HSC review of energy use research that impacts human environments in any way. The HSC meets monthly to consider human subjects protocols, consent forms, recruitment flyers, etc. Researchers seeking approval of research involving humans and/or human derived materials should begin the process well in advance of when such approval is needed for grant initiation or conducting research. It will be necessary to submit multiple forms for each type of protocol listed below.