The Protection of Human Subjects
The most important consideration in research at Baystate Medical Center (BMC) is the protection of human subjects. Federal and State Law and Regulations mandate an Institutional Review Board (IRB) at institutions where research involving human subjects is taking place.
No research involving the use of human subjects may be undertaken without first being reviewed and approved by the institutional IRB. All research involving the use of human subjects must meet the highest of ethical standards.
Federal Regulations & Oversight
Federal oversight is provided by the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) within the Office of the Secretary DHHS. BMC's IRB is registered with OHRP. OHPR has assigned Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) number 00004355 to BMC's IRB.