ASRS Human Research Committee

ASRS is pleased to announce a review service for our members who wish to submit abstracts of their scholarly activities involving human interactions. Examples of these activities include retrospective reviews, surveys, biospecimens, and non-identified human data in consideration for the ASRS Annual Meeting. Abstract authors who are not under the jurisdiction of an IRB (e.g., by virtue of faculty appointment or clinical affiliation), and believe that their scholarly activity may not require IRB approval, may submit an application as part of the abstract submission process for review by the ASRS Human Research Committee.  (NOTE: if the lead author or any of the co-authors on an abstract submission are under the jurisdiction of an IRB, the study must be formally submitted through the institution's IRB).

The ASRS Human Research Committee (HRC) will review these applications and provide a determination as to whether the scholarly activity is exempt from or otherwise excluded from the requirement for IRB approval using U.S. federal regulatory standards.  The ASRS Human Research Committee (HRC) is not a duly constituted IRB and cannot provide approval for any activities that do require IRB approval.  It is our hope and expectation that this service will benefit our members who do not have ready access to an IRB but still wish to disseminate their scholarly works.


Screening and Application Questions

Human Research Committee - Important Definitions

Human Research Committee - Human Subject Guidelines

Human Research Committee Checklist

Retina Times Article - Spring 2021