MLH Institutional Review Board


The Main Line Hospitals IRB (MLH IRB) is comprised of three subcommittees located at Bryn Mawr, Lankenau and Paoli Hospitals. The MLH IRB services the entire research community within Main Line Health, including Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation and Riddle Hospital.

The MLH IRB upholds the principles of the Belmont Report and guidelines for the protection of human subjects participating in research under its jurisdiction. We are committed to safeguarding the rights and welfare of persons participating in research conducted under its jurisdiction.

The Office of Research Affairs (ORA) is structured to facilitate the review process of human subject research by the MLH IRB. We are a resource for navigating the realm of regulatory compliance and fostering the ethical conduct of human subject research within the MLHS research community at large.

Main Line Health IRB Fee

There is a fee schedule associated with categories of research reviewed by the MLH IRB. For more information click here.

Main Line Hospitals IRB Performance Dashboard (new as of 5/11/2015)

Current IRB efforts and a summary of IRB review times by type of review (full vs. expedited) benchmarked against data supplied to the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) in 2013. Click here to see Dashboard.

AAHRPP Site Visit for September 23-24 2015

The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) site visit is scheduled for September 23-24, 2015. All individuals involved with Human Subjects Research are potential interviewees during the AAHRPP site visit. Two AAHRPP site reviewers will conduct individual interviews with Main Line Health leadership, researchers, staff and IRB members.

The site visit is a major component in AAHRPP’s accreditation decision. The interviews are used to assess knowledge and commitment to human subjects protection, and are conducted in a professional and serious manner. This site visit is extremely important for Main Line Health, and it is critical that everyone involved is fully engaged as needed to successfully complete the accreditation evaluation.

We will prepare interview guides to aid interviewees in the preparation for the site visit. Everyone’s cooperation and preparation are needed during and prior to the site visit. This site visit coincides with the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia and may take place primarily at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Once an agenda has been finalized it will be made available.

In anticipation of the site visit, the Office of Research Affairs staff will have limited availability the week of September 21, 2015. .

Contact Info

Alia Dudley
Office of Research Affairs


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