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Research Ethics & Compliance

IRB Transformation

The goal of UA’s IRB Transformation is to continue to align with national accreditation standards, streamline processes, align operations and policies with industry best practices and regulatory requirements, and improve the support provided to investigators conducting human subjects research.

To ensure an optimal outcome, UA’s IRB is collaborating with external consultants to achieve project goals and provide training on revised processes and procedures. UA’s IRB Transformation team will continue to post updates on the Transformation on this website and will use additional channels to keep the community updated, such as listservs and presentations.

HRPP Transformation FAQs

What is the HRPP Toolkit?

The HRPP Toolkit is a comprehensive set of workflows, standard operating procedures, checklists, worksheets and templates.  It is implemented by many human research protection programs of all sizes. Please see the HRPP Toolkit Overview deck for additional information on the components of the HRPP Toolkit.

The HRPP Toolkit includes specific resources for the research community that are designed to address the management of IRB submissions through the study lifecycle, provide guidance on special topics like vulnerable populations, and protocol templates that help research teams develop and submit compliant protocols to the IRB. Materials from the HRPP Toolkit will be introduced to the research community before they are required for use.  

When should researchers use the HRPP Toolkit?

Researchers will begin using the HRPP Toolkit in early Spring 2024.

How do I access the HRPP Toolkit?

The entirety of the HRPP Toolkit will be posted on UA’s IRB website prior to the official go-live date.

The protocol templates are available for investigators to begin reviewing them.

What training is offered for the HRPP Toolkit?

Our IRB Transformation team and consultant partners from Huron will provide a series of trainings on the HRPP Toolkit and IRB Transformation. Recordings are available “On-Demand” on this webpage.

Whom do I contact with questions about the HRPP Transformation?

The IRB Transformation “Core Team” can be contacted using the phone and email listed below.

Ed Shirley
Sr. Research Compliance Specialist
205-348-5069
Shirl013@ua.edu

Angie Brown
Operations Manager
205-348-4566
angie@ua.edu

Training

TopicDate & TimeRegister/Watch
Transformation OverviewWatch Video
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Resources and IRB Toolkit Overview and UseFebruary 16, 12:00–1:00 p.m. CentralWatch Video
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IRB Protocol TemplateFebruary 23, 12:00–1:00 p.m. CentralRegister
Informed ConsentMarch 1, 12:00-1:00 p.m. CentralRegister
Relying on an External IRB and Serving for OthersMarch 8, 12:00–1:00 p.m. CentralRegister
Reportable New InformationMarch 22, 12:00–1:00 p.m. CentralRegister
Open ForumMarch 29, 12:00–1:00 p.m. CentralRegister