When the IRB reviews international research, it evaluates whether:
- Subjects are protected from unnecessary or unjustified risks throughout the course of the study;
- selection of subjects is equitable;
- privacy of subjects is protected and confidentiality of data is maintained;
- informed consent is sought in language understandable to the subject and under conditions that minimize the possibility of coercion or undue influence;
- informed consent is documented in a culturally appropriate manner; and
- appropriate safeguards are in place to protect the rights and welfare of vulnerable subjects.