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Kaweah Health (Kaweah Health) has two governing bodies that provide research oversight and guidance:

First, the Kaweah Health Institutional Review Board (KD IRB) and

Second, the Research Oversight Committee (ROC). Prior to conducting research at Kaweah Health, investigators must:

  1. Confirm completion of an affiliation agreement between Kaweah Health and the academic institution

  2. Complete all required trainings of investigators conducting research at Kaweah Health

  3. Submit the proposed study through the Kaweah Health Research Portal

  4. Receive approval from both governing bodies

Below is more information and resources to assists researchers in completing the requirements above.

Institutional Review Board

Governing Principles

The IRB’s authority is empowered by regulatory statutes and institutional policies. While interpretive differences between these governing principles may occur, it should be noted that regulations offering the most stringent guidelines are always followed for the protection of human subjects. These principles are upheld without regard to whether the research is subject to federal regulation, with whom the research is conducted, or the source of support for the research.

Meeting Dates: Second Thursday of Every Month

Submission Deadline: Fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting

For questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact us at irb@kdhcd.org.

Research Oversight Committee

Mission and Vision

To promote and support quality research that is consistent with Kaweah Health’s mission (to provide safe, high quality, customer-oriented and financially-strong healthcare services that meet the needs of those we serve) and ultimately leads to improved patient care and satisfaction.

The Kaweah Health Research Oversight Committee (ROC) approves research proposals by:

  1. Considering how the research benefits the patient population that Kaweah Health serves

  2. Evaluating if the proposed research is compatible with the mission and vision of Kaweah Health

  3. Gathering a multidisciplinary team to coordinate the Kaweah Health resources that are needed to complete the research

Meeting Dates: Fourth Thursday of Every Month

For questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact us at research@kdhcd.org.

Resources

Required Training

Step 1: CITI Training

Employees of Kaweah Health (designated as learners) or Non-Employees (affiliated with an academic institution as a student), conducting research to complete academic goals but where research is not required in their job, must complete the module labeled "Residents, Students, Learners". Employees or Non-Employees completing this module are required to include a Faculty or Advisor that has completed the "Faculty, Advisors, Institutional Researchers" Module.

Federal Regulations

The IRB’s foundation and primary charge are supported in the Code of Federal Regulations. These regulations include, but are not limited to, the following:

OFFICE FOR HUMAN RESEARCH PROTECTIONS (OHRP)

45 CFR 46 - Protection of Human Subjects

U.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION(FDA)

21 CFR 50 - Protection of Human Subjects

21 CFR 54 - Financial Disclosure by Clinical Investigators

21 CFR 56 - Institutional Review Boards

21 CFR 312 - Investigational New Drug Application

21CFR 812 - Investigational Device Exemptions

OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS (OCR), WITHIN HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)

National Standards to Protect the Privacy of Personal Health Information

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