I would like to learn more about IRB reliance
I would like to learn more about IRB reliance
What is IRB reliance?
IRB reliance (or “single IRB review”) is a legal arrangement that allows one IRB to review a study that is occurring at multiple sites or to review a single-site study that involves personnel from multiple institutions. Opportunities for single IRB review are established by entering into formal IRB reliance agreements.
Under what circumstances can single IRB review be arranged?
- When the KUMC IRB is being asked to serve as the Reviewing IRB for a multi-center study
- When KUMC personnel plan to participate in research covered by another IRB
- When KUMC investigators plan to conduct research at non-KUMC locations and personnel from the non-KUMC location will be part of the study team, or
- When non-KUMC personnel come to KUMC to participate in our research
Is KUMC willing to serve as the single IRB for a multi-site study?
Yes, in many cases KUMC is able to serve as the single IRB. The IRB will evaluate the investigator’s plan to oversee the study and assist the investigator in making arrangements for review of the non-KUMC sites.
How do I get approval to work with an outside IRB?
When requesting oversight by an outside IRB, investigators must always start with a permission from their home institution. The KUMC Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) provides an abbreviated application form; requests are reviewed administratively by HRPP staff.
What is an IRB reliance agreement?
A reliance agreement is signed by two or more institutions that normally would be required to conduct their own IRB review. The reliance agreement allows for one IRB to conduct the review that fulfills federal requirements about human subjects protection. The other institutions ‘rely’ on the Reviewing IRB, thus streamlining the approval process. Even when relying on another IRB, all institutions must comply with applicable state laws and institutional policies.
Why are reliance agreements necessary?
Every institution is responsible for research conducted by its own personnel, regardless of where the research occurs. When KUMC personnel conduct human subjects research, the institution has two options:
· Review the research through the KUMC IRB, or
· Arrange reliance on another qualified IRB
KUMC personnel may not conduct human subjects research until approval has been obtained through one of the above options and all institutional requirements have been met.
Which IRBs can I use?
Our current IRB reliance arrangements include:
· SMART IRB (a network of 400+ academic institutions, hospitals and institutes)
· National Cancer Institute Adult IRBs
· Advarra (formerly Schulman IRB)
· Western IRB
· Frontiers Regional Partners (Children’s Mercy Hospital, St. Luke’s, UMKC, KCUMB)
· Great Plains Cooperative IRB Consortium (PCORI Partners)
· StrokeNet network
· KU Lawrence campus
· IRBs for Via Christi and Wesley hospitals in Wichita
Do the reliance requirements differ if the research is a student project?
Student projects require the same reliance arrangements if the project is being conducted as part of the student’s degree requirements. On the other hand, students may pursue research opportunities for personal and professional enrichment. Research being undertaken for the student’s enrichment may not require an approval or reliance by KUMC.
Besides IRB review, what else do I need?
Even when an external IRB reviews and oversees a project, there are other institutional requirements that must be addressed. These include requirements for investigator training, conflict of interest review, HIPAA, data security, radiation safety, management of grants and contracts, and compliance with state laws. These additional requirements are categorized as “local context” issues that are evaluated at the time the study is proposed.
Once an external IRB has approved the study, what updates does KUMC require?
Investigators using an external IRB remain responsible to update the HRPP when key events occur. The HRPP must be aware of:
- Changes to study personnel
- Updates on conflict of interest disclosures
- Injury to a KUMC subject
· Protocol deviations that could impact safety or data integrity
When should I request single IRB review?
Please request a single review as early as possible, in the planning stages of your project.
· For new studies, the PI should pursue this step before the grant submission (if applicable) or before submitting the protocol to any IRB for review.
· When a new site or external collaborator is added to a study that is already approved at KUMC, please contact the IRB office as soon as the site or collaborator is identified. The KUMC IRB office can work with the other organization to see if they will rely on our review.
How do I get started with a request for single IRB review?
All research proposals are submitted through our electronic IRB system. Instructions are included in the various reliance scenarios discussed on this website. The KUMC HRPP has a dedicated IRB reliance specialist. For questions, you may contact IRBreliance@kumc.edu
Where can I learn more about single IRB review?
For a video overview of single IRB processes and issues, investigators are encouraged to view the CTELS presentation on January 2016 posted at: