Maine Medical Center’s Institutional Review Board (MMC IRB) is a standing committee responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of people who are subjects in research activities. The MMC’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) and policies sets forth the IRB’s basic operational procedures.

All research projects involving human subjects, regardless of the source of funding, require review and approval by an IRB prior to implementation.

In accordance with federal regulations 45 CFR 46 and 21 CFR 50 and 56, the IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications to, disapprove, terminate or suspend research at participating organizations. The purpose of the IRB is to assure, both in advance and by periodic review that appropriate steps are taken to protect the rights and welfare of humans participating as subjects in research.

To Get Started

IRB Office Hours

The Institutional Review Board will provide assistance with the IRB process for new and seasoned investigators.  Please use the MMC IRB Office Hours Reservation System to ensure we will be available to meet with you.

If you are a new Investigator or have not completed a Financial Conflict of Interest Disclosure in the last 12 months, please click the button below.

Financial Conflict of Interest Form

 


New Investigators

 IRBNetAll IRB Applications, Amendment/Modification Forms, or New Information Forms must be submitted to Maine Medical Center’s IRB via the “IRBNet” web platform.

To get the answers to most common questions, see the IRBNet Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).  All documents related to IRB submissions can be found in the Document Library within IRBNet.  Please DO NOT USE any previously saved IRB forms.  The most current forms can be found in the IRB Document Library.

IRBNet Required Steps:

Completion of the following training is required in order to access or submit research projects to the Maine Medical Center IRB.  Please feel free to contact the IRB office for any questions:  mmcirb@mmc.org

Step 1

Start Here

Register

The New User Registration Instructions “Energizer can be viewed here.

Step 2

Link to CITI

Step 2

LINK to CITI program website:

Link to CITI Account [pdf]

Step 3

Attach Credentials

Step 3

Attach Credentials to your User Profile:

How to Manage Training & Credentials

Step 4

New Project Training

Step 4

The New Project Submission training resources walk researchers and study coordinators through the five steps of submitting a new project.

Step 5

Post-Submission Training

Step 5

Post-Submission Advanced Topics training demonstrate the IRBNet messaging structure, how to successfully update project documents and submit a subsequent (ex. Modifications Required) package to a committee and other topics.


If you would like to schedule an appointment with Research Compliance Office personnel, please contact Melissa Graham at graham1@mmc.org