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Institutional Review Board Submissions

New study submissions
New studies must be submitted by the deadlines for inclusion at the scheduled IRB meetings. The new study application form identifies what documents must be submitted for review. Be sure all consent and assent forms adhere to Informed Consent Requirements. Investigators must submit proof of human subjects training, taken within the last three years. If you do not have a current certificate, you may take the NIH on-line training .

Investigators must submit a conflict of interest form.

Expedited review eligibility
The IRB, under Department policy, will review all new, non-exempt studies at a full IRB meeting. Follow-up reviews, continuing approval and minor revisions may be eligible for expedited review. If you believe your study qualifies, submit the expedited review application, and if approved, it will be reviewed by designated IRB reviewers, without waiting for the next full IRB meeting. The IRB reserves the right to request full committee review at any time.

Exemption from IRB review determination
The IRB will make the exempt study determination. Requests for exempt study determination may be submitted with the new study application at any time. It is suggested that submissions be at least two weeks before an application deadline, so that investigators have time to make a full IRB study submission if the study is not determined exempt.

Informed consent
Except in very rare situations, participants in research must be informed that they are voluntarily being included in research. They must receive all pertinent information about that research and about their rights. Investigators should review and include all of the legally required information in an informed consent form.

Waiver or alteration of informed consent and waiver of HIPAA authorization
Federal regulations provide limited ability to perform human subjects research without written informed consent. An IRB may approve a waiver of HIPAA authorization under specific situations. Submit the Waiver or Alteration of Informed Consent or HIPAA Authorization form with the study application when requesting any consent waiver, alteration (including verbal consent), or waiver of HIPAA authorization.

When requesting waiver of parental consent for minors participating in research, it is strongly recommended that a third party opinion be obtained (from someone who advocates for children’s rights). The opinion should be from someone not involved in the project who carefully reviews the study requirements asked of the child and provides an opinion that the child is not placed at any additional risk by their participation without parental consent.

Summary of Data Covered by HIPAA

Revisions or other review requests for an approved study
Revisions to an Already Approved Study form.

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