MaineHealth’s Institutional Review Board (formerly the Maine Medical Center 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.