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II. Purpose

The purpose of the UT Arlington IRB is to assure that the rights and welfare of human participants are adequately protected in research. The UT Arlington IRB advises investigators in the design of research projects in order to minimize potential harm to human participants; reviews all planned research involving human participants prior to initiation of the research; approves research that meets established criteria for protection of human participants; and monitors approved research protocols to ascertain whether human participants are indeed protected.

The UT Arlington IRB also informs and assists UT Arlington faculty, Staff, and students of ethical and procedural issues related to the use of human participants in research in order to facilitate compliance with relevant federal regulations and to provide a framework suitable for continued support by federal funding agencies, private foundations and industry.

Primary responsibility for assuring that the rights and welfare of research participants are protected continues to rest with the Principal Investigator (PI) conducting the research. Others engaged in the research share this responsibility. Faculty who assign or supervise research conducted by students or Staff have an obligation to consider carefully whether those individuals are qualified to safeguard adequately the rights and welfare of participants.

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