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NIH Releases New Policy on Use of Single Institutional Review Board for Multi-Site Research

(From the July 2016 issue of Research Now)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released their final policy on the use of a single IRB (sIRB). Details can be found at

Effective May 25, 2017, sites participating in NIH-funded multi-site studies involving human subjects will need to use a single IRB to conduct the ethical review required by DHHS. Frequently asked questions, as well as additional guidance, are available on the NIH Office of Science Policy website.

This will effect NIH grant applications with humans subjects research containing subawards to collaborators. Applicants will be expected to submit a plan describing the use of a single IRB that would be selected to serve as the IRB of record for the all study sites. It will not apply to career development, research training or fellowship award.

Our IRB team at The Research Institute is aware of these requirements and will be working with you on the review and approval of your protocols. Additional communication will be sent out closer to the May 25th deadline.

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