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Ethical Research Principles

Institutional Review Board

The AUM IRB (Institutional Review Board) functions to protect the rights and welfare of human research participants. As such, the IRB reviews all research activities, regardless of funding, which involves human subjects for compliance with applicable federal, state, local, and institutional regulations, guidelines, and ethical research principles. All research involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved under IRB procedures, prior to receiving funding. The IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications (to secure approval), and disapprove research proposals and to suspend or terminate research that is not conducted in accordance with the IRB’s requirements or that has been associated with any possible harm to subjects. Standards for review of research protocols are based on the Belmont Report, Nuremburg Code, and World Medical Association upon which federal regulations have been written to support.

Ethical Research

Federalwide Assurance

AUM has obtained FWA (FederalWide Assurance) from the U.S. Dept. of Health & Humans Services (HHS) and Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP). As an FWA institution, AUM has assured that we will abide by the Section 101(h) of the Common Rule (45 CFR part 46 subpart A) by supporting a full and functioning IRB (with sufficient staff, space, training and resources) to protect humans subjects in research activities. Policies have been established in compliance with federal regulations that guide the use of human subjects in all types and phases of research projects. Federalwide Assurance registration is required of any institution applying for research funding (using human subjects) with a federal agency.

The registration numbers assigned to AUM for FWA and IRB are:

  • FWA#: 00012889. (Expiration date: June 11, 2025)
  • AUM IORG #: 0005227 (Expiration date: February 13, 2023)
  • AUM IRB #: IRB00006286 (Expiration date: March, 9 2025)
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