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The Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) ensures clients or employees of the Cabinet involved in research as subjects are adequately protected. The IRB also protects subjects of research conducted, supported, endorsed, approved or sponsored by the Cabinet, including research conducted by individuals, students, employees, professors, universities, for-profit institutions, non-profit institutions, government agencies or other entities.

Protecting the safety and welfare of research subjects involves prevention of physical, emotional and psychological harm that might result from the research activity, as well as any harm due to breach of confidentiality, including unauthorized disclosure of health information protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Small Business Ombudsman

The Small Business Ombudsman responds to inquiries from small businesses regarding administrative regulations and other regulatory matters and helps small businesses with submission of comments for administrative regulations. For assistance, please contact CHFS Small Business Ombudsman Lora Powell.

In your email, include:

  1. ​Subject line: Brief description of the main issue
  2. Body of email:
    1. the specific question and/or issue you are facing
    2. contact information including full name, phone number ​