Institutional Review Board

AUM Institutional Review Board

 Federal regulations require that all proposed human subjects studies undergo review and approval by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB is responsible for reviewing all human subjects research and ensuring compliance with federal regulations. The primary role of the IRB is to protect the safety and welfare of human subjects. AUM’s IRB is responsible for oversight of all research activities involving human subjects on the AUM campus, utilizing AUM resources, involving AUM students, staff, or faculty.  The review ensures compliance with all applicable federal and state laws/ regulations, ethical considerations, and includes initial, continuation, modifications, unanticipated problems and alleged noncompliance.


 Federalwide Assurance

 AUM has obtained FWA (FederalWide Assurance) from the U.S. Dept. of Health & Humans Services (HHS) and Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP).  As an FWA institution, AUM has assured that we will abide by the Section 101(h) of the Common Rule (45 CFR part 46 subpart A) by supporting a full and functioning IRB (with sufficient staff, space, training and resources) to protect humans subjects in research activities.  Policies have been established in compliance with federal regulations that guide the use of human subjects in all types and phases of research projects.  The registration numbers assigned to AUM for FWA and IRB are:

  •  FWA#:  00012889.  (Expiration date:  May 1, 2020)
  • AUM IORG #:      0005227
  • AUM IRB #:         IRB00006286

Federalwide Assurance registration is required of any institution applying for research funding (using human subjects) with a federal agency.


  •  AUM  faculty/staff/students:    One method to assure compliance with regulations and assure protection of human subjects is to provide training for researchers.  All researchers, staff, students, and others who interact with human subjects (all research team members) must complete a required educational program on the protection of human subjects before the IRB can review a proposal. AUM is providing this training through CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) .This certification process must be completed and documented with the IRB office (and renewed every five years). Beginning January 1, 2010, a new protocol will not be accepted by the IRB until all members of the research team have completed the CITI training and the training documented in AUM’s IRB office.
  • Non AUM affiliated personnel:   That engage in human subjects research at AUM through a collaboration must also obtain training in human subjects protections.  CITI serves almost 900 institutions worldwide so it is very possible that the researcher can obtain CITI training at their institution of primary affiliation. If there is no CITI training available the AUM IRB will accept NIH (National Institute of Health) Protecting Human Research Participants training available at There is no cost for this course. It is the responsibility of the researcher to print the training completion certificate and provide to the AUM IRB office.   

All human subjects research projects must be submitted for review on the the  IRB Protocol Form

Debra Tomblin, MPA
Research Compliance Manager/IRB Administrator

109 Administration Building
Auburn University at Montgomery
P.O. Box 244023
Montgomery, AL 36124-4023
(334) 244-3250

Dr. Glen E. Ray
IRB Chair

(334) 244-3690

Dr. Michele Olson
Assistant IRB Chair
(334) 244-3791