Quality improvement (QI) activities are an important part of the University of North Texas operations. QI activities are data-driven, often involve human participants, and can overlap with research practices common to human subjects research. It is important to assess QI activities to see if the federal regulations that protect human research participants may apply.
It is always vital that, regardless if your activity is deemed to be a QI or research activity, that it is performed in an ethical and respectful manner that protects the rights and welfare of the human participants.
Making a Determination
If you believe you have a Quality Improvement or Quality Assurance activity, please complete this form and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org to assess if IRB submission will be required. It is important to receive an assessment from the IRB prior to beginning your activity to ensure you are following all regulations with respect to human subjects.