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Mission and Purpose

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects in research conducted under the auspices of DSHS and requests submitted to DSHS programs that involve the use of identifiable information or specimens. This includes human subject research contracted to public or private entities. The IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications in, or disapprove all research activities that fall within its jurisdiction as specified in the federal regulations, state regulations and statutes, and institutional policy.

The DSHS Institutional Review Board Policy

Texas Health & Human Services (HHS) DSHS IRB and HHSC IRB Scope and Responsibilities

There are two IRBs within HHS, each with the responsibility to protect human subjects in research or the use of their data.

  • DSHS IRB reviews DSHS-affiliated* social, behavioral, educational, and health science research.
  • HHSC IRB reviews HHSC-affiliated* mental health, mental retardation, and substance abuse research. The HHSC IRB website

 *DSHS-Affiliated Activities:  A DSHS-affiliated activity is one that is sponsored or co-sponsored by DSHS; is conducted by or under the direction of any employee or agent of DSHS in connection with institutional responsibilities, using any DSHS property or facility; or involves the use of DSHS program data.


Last updated September 6, 2019