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Public Health Emergency Research Review Board (PHERRB)

The purpose of the Public Health Emergency Research Review Board (PHERRB) is to provide institutional review board (IRB) review of public health emergency research (PHER) protocols that are:

  • conducted, supported, or regulated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS);
  • subject to 45 CFR 46 and, as applicable, 21 CFR 50 and 56, and
  • are multi-site studies or studies that would otherwise require multiple IRB review.

Any of the National Institute of Health (NIH) intramural IRBs may serve as the PHERRB, based on the nature of the protocol. The mandate of the PHERRB is to provide investigators with expert, expeditious IRB review of human subjects protections within PHER protocols. By eliminating the need for multiple IRBs to review multi-site protocols, PHERRB review is envisioned be an efficient review process that should save both time and resources. The PHERRB is administered by the Office of Human Subjects Research Protections (OHSRP), in the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP).

Contact the PHERRB:

PHERRB Mailbox:
Phone #: 301-402-3444


PHERRB Frequently Asked Questions
SOP 28 - NIH Public Health Emergency Research Review Board (PHERRB)
SOP 28 - Attachment 1- Application For PHERRB Review
SOP 28 - Attachment 2 - Required Elements of a PHERRB Protocol
SOP 28 - Attachment 3 - Initial Review Local Context Worksheet
SOP 28 - Attachment 4 - Continuing Review Local Context Worksheet

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