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HS IRBs News January 2020
Health Sciences and Minimal Risk IRBs, IRB News/Volume 12, Number 1, January 2020
HS IRBs Staff Updates
We are happy to welcome the following new staff members to our team:
- Rob Whitehead (firstname.lastname@example.org) joined our office in October as our new submission manager. Rob is responsible for initial triage of IRB applications, ARROW support, and data generation and management for our office and committees.
- Hannah Rickey (email@example.com) joined us this month as our new department administrator. In addition to overall office administration, Hannah will help oversee IRB committee logistics as well as support IRB staff and committee members.
- Steph Metzger (firstname.lastname@example.org) also joined us this month as a new staff reviewer.
Revised Common Rule Single IRB Requirement Now in Effect
As of January 20th, the revised Common Rule’s single IRB review requirement is effective. This means that all federally-funded, non-exempt studies MUST be reviewed by a single IRB. Researchers seeking federal funding for studies involving multiple sites or external personnel are encouraged to contact the Reliance and Navigation Team (email@example.com) for assistance in determining whether the single IRB requirement applies to their study and, if so, which IRB is the best option for their study.
February ARROW Update
ARROW will be updated at the end of February with two significant changes:
- Self-service personnel updates will replace the current personnel change process. This will be applied across all application types (e.g., exemptions, ceded, and regular applications. (Changes in PI will still need to be submitted as a change of protocol.)
- Revisions to the current one time, emergency use application to account for expanded access protocols involving more than one patient and to remove the collection of PHI from ARROW.
Details about both changes will be announced in the February newsletter. If you have any questions about these or other ARROW changes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: Separate UW and VA Applications Required for Some Studies
Just a reminder for researchers planning joint UW and VA studies that two separate applications may be required: one for the UW and the other for the VA. The complexity of the VA regulations make this the best approach to ensure the IRB and study teams are in compliance with those regulations.