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IRD's independent Institutional Review Board (IRD-IRB) was formed to protect the rights and welfare of individuals who volunteer to participate in research

managed by IRD, in research where IRD is either a partner or a collaborator or for institutes that have asked IRD to partner them in their institutional research such as The Indus Hospital.

While the ultimate responsibility for the treatment of all human participants in research rests with the individual researcher who has been given the privilege to conduct research with humans, the Institutional Review Board exists as a safeguard to promote the ethical and responsible treatment of human participants in research, by conducting scientific and ethical review of research studies while providing education and guidance for the research community.

IRD-IRB is registered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) with registration number IRB 00005148. In addition, IRD-IRB utilizes electronic signatures compliant with 21 CFR Part 11.

IRB Administration

The IRB Administration unit provides education and training, administrative and record-keeping support, and conducts quality improvement audits for the IRB.

In the absence of any Pakistani authority governing IRB management, IRD-IRB follows Bankert and Amdur's Institutional Review Board: Management and Function publication as its standard reference for IRB management.

IRB Committee composition

IRB guidelines require that membership of the IRB include at a minimum, one member whose primary concerns are in scientific areas, one member whose primary concerns are in nonscientific areas, numerous members representing more than a single profession, and at least one individual not affiliated with IRD.

Because IRD is a small organization, additional members are included to provide adequate representation of the diverse research community and to accommodate the workload associated with reviewing applications. Membership beyond the minimum required by IRB regulation is drawn from staff and collaborating institute faculty. The membership of the IRB at IRD is comprised of fifteen to twenty voting members - primary and alternative.