Institutional Review Board (IRB)



New Requirements for Informed Consent

  • Potential research participants must be provided with information that a REASONABLE PERSON would need to make an informed decision about whether to participate.
  • The informed consent form must:

o   begin with a concise and focused presentation of the key information that is most likely to assist in deciding why one might or might not want to participate in the research and

o   be organized and presented in a way that facilitates comprehension, not just a set of isolated facts. 

Please refer to text in the revised Common Rule for a complete description of the regulatory requirements in sections §46.116 (general requirements for informed consent) and §46.117 (documentation of informed consent).  The new form has been posted on the Forms page.

Link to OHRP videos on the Revised Common Rule

  • In order to help the research community understand the revised Common Rule, the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) has produced educational videos.

OHRP Revised Common Rule Q&As

  • A list of common questions about the revised Common Rule with answers from OHRP.

U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services




The Chicago Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) Institutional Review Board (IRB) monitors research involving CDPH patients/clients and staff. Special attention is given to the protection of patients’/clients’ rights, safety, and privacy.

The CDPH IRB, appointed by the Commissioner, assures compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations for the Protection of Human subjects (45 CFR 46)

Source: U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services –


Overview of Responsibility and Activities

The CDPH IRB is responsible for assuring that all research projects conducted at CDPH sites and/or under CDPH auspices (i.e., funded through CDPH, conducted by CDPH staff, or using CDPH staff or patients/clients as subjects) protect the rights, welfare, and privacy of all participants.

Further, the CDPH IRB assures that all CDPH-related research aims to benefit, directly or indirectly, the participants and the people of Chicago.  This includes verifying that the merits and costs of the research are in the best interests of the people of Chicago. IRBs are required for all projects funded by the federal government and all human research at many other institutions, including CDPH.

The CDPH IRB meets quarterly and as-needed to review proposals for new research projects and to oversee ongoing studies.  As a central part of this process, the CDPH IRB ensures that researchers obtain valid informed consent of participants before their participation and that all participant information follows federal privacy and protection guidelines.



CDPG IRB Forms for submission & General IRB Information

  1. Please submit your protocol and all required submission forms to James Esparza at or (312) 747-9718.
  2. Be sure to include a protocol version number and date in the title page of the protocol.
  3. You will receive an acknowledgement email from James Esparza within 4 business days of submission. If you do not receive this acknowledgement email, please contact James to ensure your submission has been received. 
  4. Please allow at least 6-8 weeks for CDPH IRB review and approval.

*NOTICE: Due to new Common Rule, CDPH IRB forms and procedures are in development. Apologies for the inconvenience. Please contact IRB Staff Assistant.

IRB Procedures (pdf)  /  word document (IN DEVELOPMENT)

IRB Waiver of Authorization Form (pdf)  /  word document

Submission Forms (pdf)  /  word document

Informed Consent Form (pdf) / word document (IN DEVELOPMENT)


Trainings - Research Ethics Training - Instructional Sheet

IRB Meeting Location - Chicago Department of Public Health Depaul Center 333 S. State Street Chicago, IL 60604 Suite 200 Boardroom

Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) – Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) Compliance with U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)


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