Skip to main content

Webinar: (2018-02) SBER Across Borders: IRB Considerations and Cases for International Studies

IRBs and ethics committees that review research conducted in international settings face particular challenges. The reviewing IRB must possess adequate knowledge of laws and regulations in the country where the research is taking place. The IRB should also be sensitive to the area’s cultural norms and have a thorough understanding of the appropriateness of the study design. Social, behavioral, and educational research (SBER) protocols in particular may involve the study of stigmatized health conditions or behaviors, and may require the recruitment of marginalized populations and minors. How can IRBs ensure subjects are protected while continuing to support research on important issues around the globe?

During this 90-minute webinar, speakers will discuss the following issues as they relate to SBER conducted internationally:
  • Regulatory requirements for international SBER under the Common Rule
  • Potential impact of the revised Common Rule (specifically exemption category 2), with an informed discussion of remaining questions and areas of uncertainty
  • Best practices for IRB composition, policies, and processes
  • Considerations for subject recruitment and informed consent
  • Identifying and mitigating risks
  • Case studies that focus on common challenges, including inclusion of minors, stigmatized populations, and conflicts with local review boards
(Presented on February 20, 2018)

What will I learn?
After attending this webinar, attendees will be able to:
  • Identify various challenges presented by international research collaborations
  • Implement strategies for eliminating or mitigating these challenges
  • Understand and implement best practices for IRBs with respect to policies and procedures around international SBER with human subjects

Who should attend?

IRB staff, IRB members, compliance personnel, institutional officials, and researchers involved with SBER conducted in international settings will benefit from attending this webinar.

Continuing Education

Webinar participants holding the Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) credential may apply 1.5 continuing education credits towards CIP recertification. Learn More »

Thank You to our Webinar Supporter!

HRP Consulting Group
HRP Consulting Group
HRP Consulting Group provides expert advice to institutions seeking to develop or improve all aspects of their human research protection program. For more information, please visit

Mention of commercial products, processes, or services on our website or in our email publications should not be construed as an endorsement or recommendation.

Access Interval
Access to purchased content will be available for 90 days after the date of purchase. After 90 days, access to the content will be removed, but users will retain access to any certificates of attendance earned. Content purchased prior to January 1, 2021 will remain available indefinitely. After access has expired, users can purchase an additional 90 days of access.

If you'd prefer a paper form, please click here. Please send the completed form to

Please note that this content is also part of a bundle. Click here to see the full bundle array.