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.
Annual maintenance of the University of Minnesota’s primary Data Center is scheduled for January 6 and 7, 2018. This scheduled maintenance requires a complete shutdown of the main Data Center, and will affect many IT services including ETHOS, MyU, and PeopleSoft.
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.
The IRB receives frequent requests for guidance on who should be identified as research personnel for IRB submissions. In preparation for the launch of the smart-form in ETHOS, the IRB has developedguidance on who should be listed in IRB submissions.