Federal regulations (32 CFR 219) require IRB approval for all research projects involving human subjects. All non-exempt human subjects research conducted or supported by the Army (and DoD) must be reviewed and approved by a duly constituted IRB.  The RHC-A IRB provides this review and oversight of human subjects research for institutions within the RHC-A as well as select projects for DoD institutions outside the RHC-A upon request.

The primary mission of the RHC-A IRB is to protect the safety, rights, and welfare of human subjects in research conducted under its purview. The RHC-A IRB has a responsibility to ensure that research involving human subjects is conducted ethically and in compliance with applicable Federal, DoD, Army, state, territory and international regulatory requirements.  The RHC-A IRB is registered with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) in accordance with applicable federal regulations (21 CFR 56.106 and 45 CFR 46).
The RHC-A Institutional Review Board Office (IRBO) provides support to the RHC-A IRB.  Contact the RHC-A IRBO via email ( additional information or guidance.