What are Institutional Review Boards?

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All clinical trials are required to be reviewed and approved by an institutional review board (IRB), as well as an ethics committee. IRBs closely monitor trials. IRBs are composed of at least five members, which can be made up of doctors, scientists, and lay people. IRBs review and approve clinical trials that take place in the respective jurisdiction they abide before a trial can begin in that area, protect the rights of study volunteers and participants, and ensure their well-being. If there are any risks indicated that are too great, the research will not be approved by the IRB, and the clinical trial may need to be adjusted before being considered any further.

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