Human Research Protections

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Weill Cornell Medicine Institutional Review Board (WCM-IRB) is an appropriately constituted group whose primary responsibility is to ensure that the rights and welfare of human subjects in research are protected. In doing so, the IRB must ensure all human subject research activities are conducted ethically, and in compliance with Federal regulations, the requirements of applicable New York State and local laws, and institutional policies and procedures. In accordance with the Common Rule and FDA regulations, the IRB has responsibility for approving, modifying, and/or disapproving human subject research. The IRB also has the authority to suspend or terminate research in order to protect research subjects and for noncompliance with applicable rules and regulations.

Working on an Industry-Initiated and Industry-Funded Trial?

WCM is requiring that industry-initiated and -funded trials with a commercial IRB designated by the industry sponsor use that commercial IRB (e.g., WCG, Advarra, BRANY).  If an industry-initiated and -funded trial does NOT have a designated IRB, you must complete a sIRB reliance request form to submit to a commercial IRB.

Have a reportable event? 

Contact us at for instructions on how to submit your report.

Weill Cornell Medicine Human Research Protections 575 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10022 Phone: (646) 962-8200