Human Subjects: Institutional Review Board (IRB)

About the IRB

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THE IRB REGULATIONS CHANGED ON JANUARY 19.  Please scroll to What's New for updates and explanations.

The IRB is registered with the Office for Human Research Protection with the Federal-wide Assurance #FWA00001076 which provides assurance that the University will comply with applicable federal laws and regulations related to research with human participants. Before participants are recruited or data is collected about human participants, the IRB must review and approve all research, regardless of funding, conducted by Appalachian State University faculty, staff or students.

Regulatory Information
Appalachian FWA number: FWA00001076
Expires: November 8, 2022
Appalachian HHS IRB Registration number: IRB00001458


What's New

IRB Questions - Please send to

Hello All,Nathanael has moved on to a new opportunity and is no longer employed at Appalachian State. Please send your questions and other communicati...

IRB Forms and Template Update

The Office of Research Protections has added, updated, or removed several documents on the IRB Forms and renamed Consent Guidance and T...

UNC-system server outages-IRBIS

Due to UNC-system wide server outages, access to IRBIS is currently limited and the processing of IRB applications will be delayed until the situation...

IRB Contact Information

  • Institutional Official: Dr. Ece Karatan
  • IRB Chairperson: Dr. Andrew Shanely,
  • IRB Administrator:  Vacant
  • Director of Research Protections: Deb Paxton; (828)262-2692;
  • Address: IRB, Research Protections, ASU Box 32174, Boone, NC 28608

IRB Forms

Access IRBIS to complete an online application. Other forms, such as exemption and consent forms, can be downloaded from the IRB Forms page.

IRB Meetings & Membership