What is an IRB?

An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee that, according to federal law, must evaluate the potential physical or psychological risk of research involving human subjects. All proposed human research must be reviewed and approved by an IRB before experimentation begins. This includes any surveys or questionnaires to be used in a project. If a project involves human subjects, the student must submit his or her plans to an IRB and fill out additional forms. BEFORE BEGINNING EXPERIMENTATION READ THE RULES.

For more:

ISEF Rules for projects with human subjects

ISEF Human Subjects Risk Assessment Guidelines (pdf)

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