The UM-Flint Institutional Review Board's (IRB) primary goal is to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of the University of Michigan. Please note the following:
  • All research projects must be approved before investigators may begin any aspect of their project.
  • All UM-Flint research projects must be submitted through an electronic software program known as the eResearch Regulatory Management System (
  • All research in which a UM-Flint faculty or staff member or student or other trainee is the principal investigator and all research using UM-Flint facilities or private information should be reviewed and, if approved, monitored, by IRB-Flint.
  • Occasionally, given the nature of the research or location of subject recruitment, a project may require review by a University of Michigan IRB other than IRB-Flint. Investigators who believe this situation may apply to their project must contact IRB-Flint before submitting an application.

AAHRPP Reaccredititation is currently underway

Changes to Federal Regulations are Proposed

On September 8, 2015, a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) entitled “Human Subjects Research Protections: Enhancing Protection for Research Subjects and Reducing Bur-den, Delay, and Ambiguity for Investigators” was published by the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) in the Federal Register

The NPRM is the next step in a process initiated by the Advance Notice of Proposed Rule Making, which was published in 2011. Public comment is sought on the proposed changes, the most significant of which pertain to informed consent requirements for future use of bio-specimens and personally identifiable data, as well as calibration of IRB review so that it is proportional to the potential risks associated with a study. If implemented, some studies that currently require IRB review would become exempt and others considered exempt would become “excluded”, or not regulated, and therefore would not require IRB review. 

The Office for Human Research Protections has developed six short webinars help the public better understand the proposals.

6 Topics Covered:
Overview of the NPRM
Exclusions and Exemptions
Informed Consent
IRB Review and Operations
Research with Biospecimens
Secondary Research Use of Data

To WATCH NOW, go to:

The OHRP summary of the proposed Common Rule revisions can be found at
 OHRP will accept public comments on the NPRM until December 7, 2015. Researchers are encouraged to submit their comments.

IRB News

Flexibility Initiative: Two Year Approval Periods

The IRBs may, at their discretion, issue a two year approval.  

Flexibility Initiative: U-M Exemption Category #2a

Exemption #2a expands the definition of federal Exemption #2 to minimal risk research with adults that involves a non-invasive intervention followed by data collection via survey, interview (including focus groups) or observation.

Flexibility Initiative: U-M Exemption Category #7

New option for expedited review of analysis of identifiable data.