Any person interested in conducting research at Marshfield Clinic Health System involving human subjects or human subjects data or specimens must receive approval from the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute's Institutional Review Board (IRB), in accordance with the policy/procedure, “Human Subjects in Research.” ORIP provides investigators with decision charts designed to aid investigators in deciding whether their studies meet the definition of human subjects research, or whether they meet one of the exemptions from IRB review.

If a study qualifies as human subjects research, investigators and research staff complete computer-based training, and are to familiarize themselves with IRB policies and forms. The Research Matters Newsletters also offer discussions of topics of interest, and there is other educational material available to assist investigators and research staff to understand and meet requirements. Questions regarding IRB may be directed to ORIP at (715) 389-3022.