Human Subjects: Institutional Review Board (IRB)

About the IRB

test subject in exercise science laboratory

THE IRB REGULATIONS ARE CHANGING.  Please scroll to bottom of this page for a timeline.

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 System Availability January 16-22 Updated

Happy Friday!The IRB submission system (IRBIS) will be updated on Monday January 21 to reflect changes to the application imposed by the new regulatio...

Changes to IRB regulations coming in January

It's really official--the IRB regulations, which were significantly revised, will be in effect starting January 19, 2019.  Most of the changes wi...

New Common Rule update

The three burden-reducing provisions from the new Common Rule (45 CFR 46) have been officially approved to be implemented on or after July 19th, 2018....

IRB Contact Information

  • Institutional Official: Dr. Ece Karatan
  • IRB Chairperson: Dr. Andrew Shanely
  • IRB Administrator: Ms. Robin Tyndall, (828) 262-2692,, 372C JET
  • IRB Assistant: Ms Monica Molina,
  • IRB Compliance Coordinator: Dennis Gabriels, (828)-262-2721
  • Address: IRB, Office of 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 System Availability January 16-22

The IRB Office will stop accepting any new studies, renewals or modifiations on Wednesday, January 16.  This is to prepare for the implementation of the new IRB Regulations which go into effect on January 19.  Anything we receive prior to the 16th will be reviewed in accordance with the current regulations.

On Monday, January 21, IRBIS will be taken down by system Administrators to make the updates needed to make the applications compliant.  This may cause the system to be down after the 21st--please plan accordingly.  We hope to be fully functional on Tuesday the 22nd.  Note, if you have a DRAFT application in the works before the 21st, most application changes are real time and your draft may also be updated.

What are all these changes, you may be asking?  Well check out our summary of the changes here.  We will continue to post updates as we roll out new forms, SOPs, and guidance in the coming days and weeks.

If you are looking for how to log into IRBIS, keep reading...

The link to IRBIS is here: You will need to use your Appalachian login credentials to access the tool.

Once in, you will see all IRBs that you are affiliated with from 2009.  You cannot edit any study where no online application is affiliated.  However, you can see the status of each study, and you will be able to see the attached documents from the last review.  Once you enter a study using the e-form, you will be able to manage the IRB from that point on.

Some items to keep in mind:

  • Once you complete the questions in the General Information section, IRBIS will assign a study number for you.  You can leave the application as a draft at this point, and it will appear in your "drafts" folder each time you log in, until you certify and submit the study for review.
  • If you have a co-I or Faculty Adviser listed in your personnel, they will be prompted to certify your submitted study in the system.  The study will appear in your “Being Routed” file until this step is complete.
  • Please note that the IRB Office does not receive requests for review until ALL required parties have certified the study. When the IRB Office accepts the study for review, it will be listed in your “Submitted to the IRB” file. 

If you have any issues or questions, please let us know at  We would appreciate any feedback you have!

-IRB Administration