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.


If you have already registered in IRBNet, please view the “Read Me First” document.  If you have not yet registered, please see the IRBNet Training and Education page. If you are unable to locate the information that you need, please contact the IRB Office:

Emergency After Hours Pager: (207) 741-1535

To be used for after-hours regulatory concerns or protocol changes that result from emergencies. This pager should not be used except in an emergency.

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 link below to do so.

Financial Conflict of Interest form