Health Sciences and Minimal Risk IRBs, IRB News/Volume 10, Number 8, November 2018
Upcoming Holiday Hours
The HS IRBs Office will have limited coverage or will be closed the following days over the winter holidays:
- November 22nd – Closed
- November 23rd – Limited coverage only via email@example.com
- December 24th and 25th – Closed
- December 31st and January 1st – Closed
Coming Soon: The End of (Most) IRB Fees
As already announced, the HS IRBs will be transitioning to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE) on January 1, 2019. As part of this transition, IRB fees will no longer be charged in most cases. This applies both to applications submitted after January 1, 2019 as well as studies that currently are subject to IRB fees. A revised fee plan is forthcoming and will be announced in future newsletters and the HS IRBs listservs. In the interim, please contact Faye Lux (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions about the IRB fee policy.
Avoid the January Rush for Initial Review Applications!
January is always a busy time for the HS IRBs office and will be especially so this year with the elimination of most IRB fees as well as fewer scheduled IRB meetings due to the holidays. While some researchers may be holding off submitting their applications until after January 1st to avoid IRB fees, study teams whose applications are NOT currently subject to IRB fees are encouraged to submit their initial review applications before the expected January rush. As a reminder, the following are examples of the main types of applications that are not subject to IRB fees:
- Applications submitted by researchers NOT part of the School of Medicine and Public Health, regardless of application type
- Health care records research
- Most federally funded studies
Coming Soon: Revised Adventitious Findings Language
In anticipation of implementation of the revised Common Rule in January 2019, the HS IRBs office has been working on updates to our informed consent guidance. The revised Common Rule will include a requirement to inform subjects about whether results subjects will be informed about clinically relevant results from tests conducted for research purposes. Many researchers are familiar with our existing guidance and template consent language regarding adventitious findings in imaging, follow-up with psychological assessments, and the provision of the results of sexually transmitted infections. The updated templates and guidance will clarify where and when to tell subjects about these assessments. These updates will be forthcoming in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned!