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UnityPoint Health – Meriter Institutional Review Board (IRB)

UnityPoint Health – Meriter Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of the human subjects who participate in research conducted within Meriter facilities. 

Meriter has an agreement with the federal government to comply with the code of federal regulations that protect human subjects. The agreement also binds Meriter to ethical principles described in the Belmont Report.

Initial Submission to Meriter IRB 

Ceding Review to an External IRB

UnityPoint Health – Meriter IRB is a member of the SMART IRB and supports use of the single IRB review model. Meriter IRB will cede review to other SMART IRB member institutions like UW-Madison, Western IRB, and many others. List of SMART IRB institutions

Eligible Research for Meriter to Cede Review 

  • Commercial or sponsored studies 
  • Multi-site or collaborative research that qualifies for expedited or a convened IRB review. 

Ineligible Research for Meriter to Cede Review 

  • Research that meets one of the federal exemptions. Exempt research has no IRB of oversight. There is no reviewing IRB, therefore Meriter cannot cede review. 
  • UnityPoint Health – Meriter IRB acts on behalf of the institution and has the authority to decline ceding IRB review for any new research if there are extenuating factors (e.g. a conflict of interest, a study that does not fit with Meriter's culture and mission, etc.). Meriter IRB may consult with the institutional official as necessary. 

UW Investigator Initiated, Unfunded Research – Which IRB? 

Human Subjects Research vs. Quality Assurance

View this Chart to determine if your project is regulated human subjects research, quality assurance or program improvement. 

Follow these directions to submit your quality assurance or program improvement project to Meriter IRB.


Streamlining single IRB review for multi-site research. 

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