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Education and Social/Behavioral Science Institutional Review Board (ED/SBS IRB) Newsletter, IRB Insider / Volume 5, Issue 3, January 2017

Training and Outreach Sessions

The ED/SBS IRB office offers an outreach/training curriculum throughout the year.  Various training sessions are held and tailored to a particular topic.  The following are the upcoming trainings for Spring 2017:

  • IRB 302: Considerations for Qualitative Research, Research with Minors, and Research involving Technology on February 1 at 10 a.m. in Lathrop Hall, Room B137
  • IRB 301: International Research & Summer Projects on February 23 at 2 p.m. in Lathrop Hall, Room B137
  • IRB 603:  I Have IRB Approval - Now What? on March 8 at 10 a.m. in Education Building, Room 159 (Wisconsin Idea Room) NEW!
  • IRB 103: How to Avoid Delays in the IRB Approval Process on April 13 at 2 p.m. in Lathrop Hall, Room B137
For more information about these trainings and to register, visit the IRB Training Sessions page of our website.

Another facet of the offered curriculum is tailored to outreach sessions for classes, groups, or departments, IRB staff are available to come to a department meeting, research methods class, or hold a brown bag session to help faculty, staff, students, and other researchers learn more about the IRB process.  Specific topics can be addressed, such as international research, research on campus, research with minors, technology-based research, etc.  To schedule an outreach event, please visit the Outreach Sessions page of our website.

ARROW Outage

ARROW will be unavailable on Saturday, February 11th from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM for upgrades and maintenance. As usual, ARROW will be made available to users as soon as the upgrade completes.  If you have questions, please email: Thank you in advance for your patience.

Reminder: Upcoming Changes to Informed Consent Form Stamp

After the February 11th update to ARROW noted above, the IRB approval stamp for consent forms will no longer include an expiration date or the UW's federalwide (FWA) number. Consent forms will no longer expire and, following a transition period, study teams will no longer need to request reapproval of their consent forms at continuing review. Additional guidance is available here
  • New Studies: For studies approved after February 11th, consent forms will receive the new stamp. The only time the consent forms will be stamped again is when revisions are made to the consent forms via a change in protocol.
  • Ongoing Studies: For studies approved before February 11th, consent forms will receive the new stamp at either the next continuing review or change of protocol, if the change includes revisions to any consent forms. If a study has multiple consent forms and a change revises any consent forms, all of the consent forms will receive the new stamp at that time for consistency's sake.
For any questions or concerns about this change to the approval stamp, please contact Peter Johnson in the Office of Research Policy at 608-890-1241 or

AAHRPP Reaccreditation

The UW-Madison Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), which includes the ED/SBS IRB Office, had its 3rd re-accreditation visit from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) in August 2016.  The site visit included interviews with researchers, IRB members, and administrators across campus. In December, AAHRPP awarded the UW-Madison HRPP program full accreditation for five years until December 2020. The final report highlighted the strong leadership provided by senior leaders on campus, the Office of Research Policy's role in promoting consistency and compliance, and the benefits of the substantive and informative pre-review process.  Thank you once more to all those involved in this process!

Attention NIH-funded Studies!

For studies requesting NIH funding on or after 1-18-2017, reporting language that data will be shared with the NIH will need to be included on consent forms and results will need to be reported.


I have a question about a reviewer note on my protocol.  Should I include that question as part of my response in ARROW?

No.  Questions that are included as part of your response in ARROW will result in the submission being sent back to you for another response, which will delay approval.  Instead, contact the Staff Reviewer listed on your study to discuss before submitting your response.  IRB contact information can be found here.

Have questions? The ED/SBS IRB Staff are here to help!

Whether you have questions about a specific protocol, have general questions, or need help getting started, there are many ways to contact the ED/SBS IRB office.
  • For questions regarding a specific protocol, contact the assigned Staff Reviewer.  Instructions for identifying the Staff Reviewer are located here.
  • Drop-in hours are every Wednesday from 2:00-3:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00-11:00 a.m.  The IRB staff are located on the 3rd floor of Lathrop Hall (take the west elevator or stairs).
  • Individual appointments can be scheduled throughout the week.  Contact an IRB staff member to schedule an appointment.  Contact information is available here.
  • For questions about ARROW, email
  • Training Sessions are held throughout the year.  To register for upcoming sessions, please visit the IRB Training Sessions page.
  • To schedule an Outreach Session for your class, department, or group to learn more about the IRB, visit the Outreach Sessions page of our website.
  • The ED/SBS IRB Office KnowledgeBase is a great resource for researchers and includes FAQs, guidance documents, information for new researchers, and much more!

Keywords:newsletter, news, updates, insider, IRB insider   Doc ID:69947
Owner:Laura C.Group:Education and Social/Behavioral Science IRB
Created:2017-01-13 14:56 CDTUpdated:2018-10-16 14:51 CDT
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