IRB Member Toolbox

The Institutional Review Boards are federally regulated entities with the mandate to review biomedical and social behavioral research studies that take place within or under the authority of the University of Pennsylvania. The purpose of review is to determine if the proposed research meets certain established regulatory, policy, and ethical criteria to protect the rights and welfare of the human subjects of such research. This page contains information and resources for members of the University of Pennsylvania’s 8 Institutional Review Boards.

IRB Meetings

IRB Meetings

Meetings are held once a month for each committee, on the same day of the week. Meetings are held remotely (via Zoom) 8 months out of the year, with 4 hybrid meetings quarterly (in person + Zoom).


Boards 1,2,3,4,5, 7, and 8 meet at 3600 Civic Center Blvd, 9th floor for hybrid meetings. Board 6 meets at Cheston Conf. Room, Pennsylvania Hospital for hybrid meetings. Lunch is provided at in-person meetings.


Meeting dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Please check the agenda email you receive from your board administrator to confirm each month. Meetings typically run 1-2 hours. Work with your administrator if you require flexibility to leave early or come late.

Meeting Days and Times


Monday @ 11:30 AM


Thursday @ 11:45 AM


Friday @ 10:00 AM


Tuesday @ 10:45 AM


Wednesday @ 12:00 PM


Tuesday @ 4:00 PM


Wednesday @ 11:00 AM


Monday @ 12:00 PM

IRB 10

Tuesday @ 12:00 PM

IRB Member Resources

Human Subjects Electronic Research Application (HSERA)

HS-ERA is Penn’s online IRB submission system. HS-ERA serves as the electronic file as well as the protocol summary and face sheet for each protocol. Access electronic submissions assigned for your review by clicking below.
HSERA Guidance

Member Review Resources

Access member review materials and other resources such as ethical principles references, criteria for approval guidance, and IRB determinations guidance.

IRB Member Training Archive

As part of the University of Pennsylvania Human Research Protections Program, IRB members are provided with focused training presentations at the monthly convened board meetings. These trainings aim to improve member understanding of their role as an ethical reviewer of research as well as to provide an open forum about newsworthy topics in research and related regulations.

About IRB Membership at Penn

Learn about the benefits of IRB Membership, General membership expectations, meeting expectations, and the member evaluations process.

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