Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for the regulation and monitoring of all University research on or involving human subjects. The IRB must ensure that all federal and state regulatory requirements are met by the University.


The UAFS IRB is guided by the ethical principles regarding research involving human subjects set forth in the United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 45 Part 46 (45 CFR 46), Protection of Human Subjects, Subparts A through D.


Those who need human subjects research certification may obtain such here before applying to the IRB. This certification is free and you may stop, save, and reenter at your convenience. Remember to copy your entire certificate for submission to the IRB. Sending just the number does not qualify as proof of certification.


UA Fort Smith IRB Policy

UA Fort Smith IRB Course Policy


IRB Request for Review Forms

IRB Application Form

IRB Human Research Request for Exempt Review

IRB Request for Continuing Review

IRB Course Approval Form


IRB Sample Templates 

IRB Consent Form Template

IRB Debriefing Form Template

Sample Signed Consent Form

Sample Unsigned Consent Form



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