External IRBs and IRB Reciprocity

The KUMC Human Research Protection Program is accountable to the federal government for all human subjects research conducted by our faculty, staff or students, regardless of whether it is on our campus or in collaboration with another institution.

Faculty who are collaborating on research outside KUMC must obtain approval for their activities before starting work on the project. In times past, IRB approval from each involved institution was required. Recently, however, the federal government has been encouraging arrangements by which collaborative research can be reviewed and approved by one lead IRB when the proper legal agreements are in place.  Investigators are encouraged to contact the IRB Office early in the process of establishing their collaboration. We are committed to working with investigators to negotiate a single IRB review whenever feasible. 

These are circumstances for which IRB reliance must be arranged -

  • When KUMC investigators propose to use an external IRB
  • When KUMC investigators conduct research at non-KUMC locations and external personnel are part of the study team, or
  • When external personnel participate in KUMC research on our campus

Our FAQs on IRB Reliance - FAQs

Our Current IRB Reliance Arrangements

KU-Lawrence campus

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Central IRB

CTSA Regional Partners

Greater Plains Cooperative IRB Consortium (PCORI Partners)

Western / Copernicus IRB

       Schuman IRB

Neuronext Network

StrokeNet Network

       SMART IRB

Master's and Doctoral research for distance learners

Protocol-Specific Arrangements

Research involving Community Partners

IRB Reliance Request Forms

Additional Topical Guidance

Last modified: Mar 03, 2017
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