WIC Transition to SMART IRB
This FAQ addresses the transition from WIC to SMART IRB, which will be effective August 1, 2017. If you have additional questions about this transition, please contact the HS IRBs Reliance Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance.
Version Date: July 2017
When will WIC transition to SMART IRB?The effective date for the transition is August 1, 2017. Any WIC requests under review at that time or received in early August will be processed under the WIC agreement and procedures. Studies currently approved under the WIC agreement will NOT be affected.
Why is WIC transitioning to SMART IRB?Each WIC institution has signed on to the SMART IRB agreement, along with over 230 other institutions across the United States. The WIC institutions have agreed that transitioning to the SMART IRB agreement now would ensure the IRB reliance process continues to go as smoothly as possible for researchers and IRBs alike. While the WIC agreement and process were critical to development of IRB reliance arrangements in the state and across the country, the time has come to retire WIC as a separate process.
Will the former WIC institutions continue to allow IRB reliance among each other?Absolutely. All four participants in WIC remain committed to streamlining the IRB review process for researchers conducting studies at multiple sites. This will now be accomplished through the SMART IRB agreement and procedures rather than through WIC.
What else does this mean for researchers?Researchers should experience little to no disruption resulting from this transition. The main impacts are:
- For studies already approved under the WIC agreement, no changes will be needed, including to any consent and authorization documents.
- For new studies involving former WIC sites after August 1st, the WIC process will no longer be in place and researchers will instead follow the same processes used for any study team seeking to cede review to another IRB or ask UW-Madison to serve as IRB of record. Information on both of those processes can be found on the Single IRB Basics page of the HS IRBs website.