Single Institutional Review Board (sIRB)
The requirement and expectation for use of a single Institutional Review Board (sIRB) for multi-site research has arrived. The NIH has firmly established the expectation that sIRBs will be used to review multi-site research. In its final policy on this topic, effective 25 January 2018 (reflects a recent effective date extension), NIH explained that proposals for domestic, multi-site, non-exempt human subjects research should include plans for use of a sIRB. The final revision of the Common Rule released on 19 January 2017 echoes the requirement to use sIRBs. The effective date for sIRB reliance is 20 January 2020.
CITI Program has new modules to help IRB administrators and researchers. These modules cover relying on a sIRB, serving as a sIRB of record, and authorization agreements. All three modules are available for no additional fee, and may be added to your organization’s offerings immediately.
sIRB Use and Administration: When Relying on a sIRB
- Explores key considerations when implementing sIRB relationships and what a participating site needs to do in preparation for relying on an external sIRB.
sIRB Use and Administration: When Serving as a sIRB
- Discusses key elements and considerations for setting up an IRB to serve as a sIRB
sIRB Use and Administration: Authorization Agreements
- Introduces best practices for drafting, reviewing, and implementing authorization agreements between the sIRB and participating sites in multi-site research.
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