Ascension Providence Hospital Institutional Review Board

Statement of Authority and Purpose

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) are guided by the ethical principles applied to all research involving humans as subjects, as set forth in the report of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research.



Ascension Providence Hospital IRB is established and empowered under the sponsorship of the Institution's executive authorities and by the Institution's Assurance with the Federal Office for Human Research Protections. The institution requires that all research projects involving humans as subjects or human material be reviewed and approved by the IRB prior to initiation of any research or related activities, including recruitment and screening of patients.


The IRB's purpose and responsibility is to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects. The IRB reviews and oversees such research to ensure that it meets well-established ethical principles and that it complies with Federal Regulations that pertain to human subject protection, as well as any other pertinent regulations and guidelines, such as Good Clinical Practice guidelines.


The Ascension Providence Hospital IRB consists of 13 members, who are physicians, scientists, nurses, members of the clergy and interested lay persons.


The Ascension Providence Hospital IRB meets monthly, the first Wednesday of every month.

All submissions and correspondence are done online at IRBNet. To access the system, go to and get registered.



If you have any IRB-related questions, please contact Nicole Bolda, IRB Coordinator, at 248-849-8889 or