Membership on the Human Subjects Review Board
The Code of Federal Regulations [Title 45, Part 46.107] outlines provisions for membership on the Human Subjects Review Board (HSRB). A summary of these provisions follows:
- Each HSRB shall have at least five (5) members.
- Members shall represent various backgrounds to promote complete and adequate review of research activities.
- The HSRB collective membership shall be diverse with consideration given to race, gender, and cultural backgrounds.
- No HSRB shall consist entirely of men or entirely of women.
- No HSRB shall consist entirely of members of one profession.
- The HSRB membership shall be sensitive to community attitudes “to promote respect for its advice and counsel in safeguarding the rights and welfare of human subjects.
- The HSRB may invite individuals with competence in special areas to assist in the review; however, these individuals may not vote.
- At least one member of the HSRB shall have primary concern in scientific areas.
- At least one member of the HSRB shall have primary concern in non- scientific areas.
- No member of the HSRB may participate in the review of any project in which there is a conflicting interest – except to provide information requested by the HSRB.