Reliance refers to the use of an institutional review board (IRB) outside of the University of Minnesota to conduct the regulatory review and oversight of a study.
Reliance arrangements can require a complex and lengthy negotiation process. The HRPP is responsible for negotiating and coordinating the execution of IRB reliance agreements. This includes obtaining review by legal counsel, as needed, and signature of the U of M institutional official.
Submit a reliance request if a project or study involves collaboration with sites or personnel outside of the University of Minnesota and you would like to use a single IRB for review of the research.
Use the following resources to prepare a reliance request:
How to submit a reliance request
Detailed, step-by-step guides on how to submit a reliance request for a new study, updating your study/site after external IRB approval.
How to navigate in-progress submissions
The ETHOS upgrade in January 2018 affected reliance submissions that were in-progress at the time of the upgrade. This job aid provides detailed instructions on how to navigate these submissions.
How to Update previously-approved for reliance submissions for external IRB Review already “approved” in ETHOS
The ETHOS upgrade in January 2018 affected reliance submissions previously approved for external IRB review. This job aid provides detailed instructions on how update those submissions.
- Single IRB
Detailed guidance and resources for information on NIH single IRB review for multi-site studies and information about sIRB review for UMN studies, including working with Advarra IRB.
Roles and responsibilities
Description of University and researcher roles and responsibilities for reliance studies.
Relying on Quorum
Detailed instructions and guidance for relying on Quorum.
Frequently asked questions
Frequently received questions about reliance requests.
- New Submission Checklist for Reliance Submissions
Checklist of documents and information needed to submit a reliance request to use an external IRB.
We also recommend reviewing the following documents from the HRPP Toolkit Library:
Comprehensive guide of all policies, procedures, and resources related to the conduct of human research at the University of Minnesota.
- External IRB Pre-Review and Updates
IRB staff use this worksheet to screen External IRB submission materials
- Criteria for External IRB Reliance
IRB staff use this worksheet to determine eligibility when reviewing requests to rely on an External IRB.
for a new study, updating your study/site after external IRB approval