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May 5, 2020: 
Frequently Asked Questions Guide for Faculty, Staff and Students Conducting Human Subject Research During COVID-19 pandemic. please follow the link to access the guide (link​

April 6, 2020:
Human Subject Research During Covid-19 Pandemic
To ensure the safety and health of both subjects participating in research and the research staff, please refer to the following guidelines regarding human subject research visits during the COVID-19 outbreak.

For studies with potential therapeutic benefit (examples: most interventional studies with drugs, devices, procedures:
  • The decision about in-person research visits for existing study participants should be made by the study Principal Investigator on a case-by-case basis, weighing risks of person - to - person contact against the potential benefits of the study intervention and monitoring. 
  • Researchers must pause on enrolling new research participants that require person - to - person contact unless there is a compelling reason that was communicated to the IRB prior to initiating this enrollment.
 For studies with no potential therapeutic benefit (examples: observational studies, epidemiological studies and studies collecting non-time sensitive biospecimens):

  • Person - to - person contact should be halted. 
  • Research procedures may be modified to reduce person - to - person contact interactions; such modifications should be first communicated to the IRB for review and approval.
To access the the complete instruction, please follow this link
For Social and Behavioural Sciences (SBS) research studies:
For researchers working on social and behavioral research, please follow the following link to learn more about how your applications are being processed: (SBS studies process)

March 16, 2020
Online Submissions:
In view of the evolving situation in Lebanon in regards to COVID-19 pandemic, the HRPP and IRB at AUB will be switching its operations to electronic communications.

Until further notice, please submit your IRB applications, research materials, continuing review forms, study closure forms, and serious adverse events reports (SAEs) as email attachments to  In order to help IRB staff efficiently sort and route emails and thus avoid delays, please follow the attached instructions:


October 2019: IRB Submission Updates

SBS application for Exemption/Limited Review is updated. (Please check this link to access the updated application form

September 2, 2019: 
Annoucement to Graduate Students planning to conduct research projects that involve human subjects. 
The IRB has established a new student support service to help graduate students submit research projects to the IRB and expedite the review and approval process. Please check the attached announcement for details. (IRB announcement to graduate students

August 2019 
IRB Request for Approval of Medical Record Review form is updated. (Please check the link to access the form) 
IRB Workshop for Graduate Sudents:
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the American University of Beirut in coordination with the Graduate Council (GC) will carry out the first guidance and assistance workshop for graduate students who are working on their Project/Thesis on Oct 8, 2018. (please follow this link for details and registration​)​

A new form and guidance document for reporting an "Unanticipated Problem Involving Risks to Subjects or Others (UPIRSOs), including Adverse Events (AEs)" has been released (Click Here​)

Important Notice: IRB submissions and all related documents should be submitted by Hand to the IRB office (See details​)

IRB Submission Fees: Updates in Bank Information (See details​) 

The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) at the American University of Beirut achieved the desired excellent results in the Joint Commission International (JCI) surveillance that was held between April 3 and April 7, 2017 at the AUB Medical Center (Read More​)

Updated Policies for Human Research Protection Program at AUBMC - please follow the link for details: (Click Here​)

New Policy on the Human Subject Research at AUBMC (Click Here to Access the Policy)

Important Announcement for IRB Submissions:
In order to expedite and facilitate the review process of your research submissions at the IRB office, please make sure to send the IRB application, research protocol/proposal and all related documents as a hard copy to the IRB office and as a SOFT COPY to the​​ email address. Please specify the name of the PI and the title of the research study in the email subject line to facilitate channeling your application to the right IRB office.

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