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The Cabinet for Health and Family Services Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) ensures that clients or employees of the Cabinet involved in research as subjects are adequately protected. In addition to providing protections for the Cabinet’s clients and employees, the IRB also protects subjects of research conducted, supported, endorsed, approved or sponsored by the Cabinet. This includes 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 that might occur due to breach of confidentiality, including unauthorized disclosure of health information protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

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The IRB, which was established and operates pursuant to 45 CFR Part 46, 45 CFR Part 164 and 920 KAR 1:060, ensures that any research involving human subjects or their records is conducted in a manner that protects the safety, welfare and privacy of the subjects.


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