Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The IRB now uses IRBNet, an online submission system, for all new submissions and post-approval requests.

Please pay close attention to text in blue on our webpages for special instructions and changes in our submission requirements.

If you have any questions pertaining to this change, please contact your IRB representative.

The primary mission of the Pacific University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to protect the rights and safety of individuals who participate in human subjects research studies conducted by students or employees of Pacific University. The IRB also serves as a resource for the Pacific University community, providing education and guidance to researchers regarding the ethical and responsible conduct of human subjects research. 

In order to ensure that federal regulations governing human subjects research are satisfied, and to meet the institution's federally mandated responsibility to provide oversight for such research, all Pacific University faculty, staff, and students must submit for IRB review any research activity that involves human subjects. IRB approval is required before any research activities—including, but not limited to, recruitment—may begin.

Please note that not all data gathering and analysis activities using information gleaned from humans fall under IRB jurisdiction. However, the determination as to whether your proposed activities fall under the federal regulations for research with human subjects must be made by the IRB.


IRBNet Website:

Log in with your credentials (see IRBNet Registration and Training Resources for step-by-step instructions for registering on IRBNet).



Who Do I Contact for Help?


IRBNet Registration and Training Resources

To access these resources, you will need the following username and password.

Username: pacific

Password: training

Click here to begin your IRBNet training.


Submission Guidelines

Click here to start the step-by-step IRBNet submission process.


Forms for Initial Submissions


Forms for Post-Approval Requests and Reporting

Post-Approval Requests (Continuing Review, Modification, Project Closure)

Adverse Event Reporting

Authorization Agreements


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