International research is growing and many countries are developing guidelines. The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) has developed a compilation of laws, regulations and guidelines that govern human subjects’ research in many countries around the world. The compilation provides a listing of the guidelines, laws and regulations on privacy/data protection, human biological materials and genetic research. The listing presently encompasses 92 countries with standards listed by international organizations. Each country can be found within their respective continents where the information is listed in four columns. The columns are labeled: Key Organizations, Legislation, Regulations, and Guidelines. Most listings are in English, however, the language is indicated in parenthesis if it is not in English.
The information can be found by accessing this link: http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/international/intlcompilation/intlcompilation.html
The IRB will require approval from the governing body or documentation from that body that your research does not fall under their purview.
If there is no governing body, please contact the IRB Office.