Tips for Making IRB Review as Smooth as Possible
Click on any stage of the ARROW application review process to see tips for that stage.
STEP 3: Administrative Review
- Complete all human subjects research (CITI) training and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training.
- Link only to funds that have already been awarded or have received Just-in-Time status from the program officer.
- Include grant applications and award letters.
- If VA, upload a completed and signed ISO/PO checklist.
STEP 4: IRB Pre-Review
- Describe all study activities in lay language.
- Upload necessary documents – this includes recruitment materials, consent forms, site permissions, questionnaires, surveys, etc.
- Clarify data identifiability – whether coded, de-identified, or anonymous.
- Identify all possible risks associated with study participation.
- Use the informed consent templates.
- Consult with the IRB Reliance Team regarding any multi-site issues.
- Review application and protocol for inconsistencies.
STEP 5: Convened IRB Review
- Respond to IRB requests promptly.
- Track all changes.
STEP 6: Approval
- Conduct study as approved, periodically re-assessing making changes when needed.
- Submit annual continuing reviews as necessary.
- Report noncompliance, unanticipated problems, and new information.