Phoenix Children's maintains two Institutional Review Board (IRB) panels that seek to ensure that all human subject research be conducted in accordance with all federal, institutional, and ethical guidelines. The IRB, in accordance with FDA regulations, is charged with the rights and welfare of humans participating as research participants.
The PCH IRB operates under a Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) through the Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) in support of the Code of Federal Regulations [45 CFR part 46].
The PCH IRB membership is diverse and includes experts from a variety of fields such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, researchers, community members, and others. Research is subject to the PCH IRB when it includes activities that are research involving human subjects as defined by either DHHS or FDA regulations.