Protecting research participants is the responsibility of everyone within an organization and is not limited to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) committee has a mission to collaborate in the development, coordination, and evaluation of the University’s HRPP.
On January 19, 2018, changes to regulations for protecting human research participants (also known as the revised “Common Rule”) were scheduled to take effect. We learned on January 17 that the revised Common Rule will be delayed for six months. The new compliance date is now July 19, 2018.
The NIH sIRB policy is effective for NIH grant applications with due dates on or after January 25, 2018. For contracts, the policy applies to all solicitations issued on or after January 25, 2018. At this time, the University of Minnesota is not agreeing to serve as the sIRB, though this may change in the future.
We have noticed an uptick in the number of approval lapses due to a failure to submit continuing review materials in advance of study expiration. We recognize this is a period of tremendous change and want to ensure that research teams are aware of and have the information and resources needed to ensure compliance with continuing review requirements.