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

ARROW Updates

In partnership with our colleagues in the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education's IT area, the ED/SBS IRB Office is continually making improvements to ARROW to make the IRB review process easier for study teams. Recent improvements include:
  • Conflict of Interest Pages: The number of COI pages will be reduced from two to one, and the questions will be re-worded to reflect current policy and improve clarity. The new COI page/questions will be much different from the current COI page/questions (see below for one example of the new page). If you have any questions about the OAR and/or COI information that appears on the COI page, please contact the COI Office.

  • Import Study Team Button: The ED/SBS IRB will be piloting a new functionality that allows PIs and Points of Contact to import study team members from previous protocols (see button circled below). Please note that this button will only appear if there are no study team members listed on the "Study Team" page. Clicking on it will bring up a list of the PI's previous protocols and a list of study team members. Study teams can select one protocol, which will bring all the study team members from that protocol into the current application. Study teams will then be able to add or remove members as usual.

Another Update: Common Rule Changes

The ED/SBS IRB office continues to field questions regarding revisions to the federal regulations that govern human subjects research (the Common Rule).  The Final Rule was adopted on January 19th, the final day of the Obama administration. Researchers were excited to hear about the potential for new flexibility outlined in those changes, but it has become apparent that many do not realize that the Trump administration immediately suspended the implementation of those changes, pending further review.
Additionally, even if the the Final Rule was allowed to move forward as published, the changes would not take effect until January, 2018.
Our office, working with the Health Sciences IRB and the VCRGE, have taken some steps in preparation for the potential changes. However, the latest 'rumblings' indicate that even if the changes are allowed to move forward by the current administration, the implementation date will likely be pushed back.

Research with Students

Any research planned for the first weeks of the fall semester in K-12 sites should have already been approved by the IRB.  School districts such as Madison (MMSD), Milwaukee (MPS), Chicago (CPS), Verona, Janesville, and Sun Prairie have internal review processes for research conducted at their sites.  They do not typically review projects over the summer.  Please become familiar with the school districts' policies for external research.

Similiarly, the ED/SBS IRB office  often receives last-minute submissions from researchers who want to collect base-line data from students during the first week of class at UW sites.  Study teams who would like to conduct research (not program evaluation) in UW-Madison classrooms for the fall semester should not wait until mid-August to submit IRB applications.  Please submit well in advance of the September 5th start date to prevent delays.  If assistance is needed, IRB staff are available for meetings and consultations throughout the summer!

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).
  • IRB staff have 12-month appointments and are available for meetings/consults year-round.  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
  • 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:73711
Owner:Casey P.Group:Education and Social/Behavioral Science IRB
Created:2017-06-01 06:54 CSTUpdated:2018-10-16 13:49 CST
Sites:Education and Social/Behavioral Science IRB, VCRGE and Graduate School
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