Federal regulations require that all proposed human research studies undergo review by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB is responsible for reviewing all human subjects research and ensuring compliance with federal regulations. The primary role of the IRB is to protect the safety and welfare of human subjects.
The President of the University of Virginia has designated the Vice President for Research as the Institutional Official (IO) with the authority to develop, implement, and monitor all research compliance programs.
There are two IRB's at UVa:
The Institutional Review Board for Health Sciences Research (IRB-HSR)
The IRB-HSR is responsible for reviewing all health sciences research for the University of Virginia.
The Institutional Review Board for Social and Behavioral Sciences (IRB-SBS)
The IRB-SBS at the University of Virginia is the IRB responsible for reviewing all non-medical behavioral human research
If you have a question regarding which IRB you should submit to please see http://www.irb.virginia.edu/submission_help/hsr_v_sbs.doc