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The Role of the IRB: Protecting Human Rights

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at The College at Brockport is responsible for ensuring the protection of human research participants. The IRB reviews protocols for research involving human participants when conducted by or under the direction of any employees, students or agents of The College at Brockport in connection with their institutional responsibilities or using any institutional property or facility. The office also provides educational resources, training sessions, and other programming to The College at Brockport faculty, staff, and students.

With representation from a range of disciplines within The College at Brockport and from outside the academic community, the IRB strives to give prompt but individualized attention to human research projects. 

New Online Platform

In response to campus feedback about the proposal submission and review process, the IRB office will be adopting the online platform PACS to handle all proposal activity. Overall, this new platform should make the proposal review and approval process less cumbersome and more transparent for all users.

Beginning July 1, 2018, the PACS system will be the only way to submit IRB proposals. Beginning in September 2018, modifications and continuations will also have to be submitted via PACS. This includes past projects that require modifications or continuation. All researchers and research advisers will need to create an account to access PACS. The IRB will be providing online and in person training to help the transition go as smoothly as possible.

If you will be submitting a research protocol, please visit the PACS page for more information about how to register for a PACS account and submit a study. If you will be submitting modifications or a continuation for an existing study, please e-mail the IRB office.

Student Researchers (and student research advisors):

As of 10/23/17, all students who submit research proposals (e.g., student principal investigators) are required to take the Students in Research module on CITI. Student research proposals will not be approved--and may not be reviewed--if this module is not complete.

Planning to do Research this Summer?

Please note that full-board review proposals submitted after May 4, 2018 may not be reviewed until the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester. Expedited and exempt proposals will be reviewed on a limited basis during the summer months.

ResearchMatch: A New Option for Recruiting Research Participants

The College at Brockport is now a participating research partner with ResearchMatch. ResearchMatch provides a registry to help match potential research participants and researchers at no cost to either party. Learn more here

Changes to Common Rule may be Delayed Further; Final Rule may Go Into Effect in July 2018 or may be Delayed Until January 2019. 

Final revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (a.k.a. the Final Rule) were issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on January 18, 2017. The changes are slated to go into effect on July 19, 2018.

Major Regulation Changes (effective date TBA)

Continuing Review: Will no longer be required for some minimal risk research. For details, see Continuing Review

Exemptions: New categories and clarification of existing categories. Some exemptions may require limited IRB review (similar to an expedited review process that focuses on data privacy and confidentiality). For details, see Limited IRB Review.

Informed Consent: A new Key Elements section and a rearrangement of content is designed to facilitate a potential subject's decision to participate or not. For details, see Elements of Informed Consent

Definitions: Several terms will be revised, including vulnerable, human subjects, research and legally authorized representative.

Activities deemed not to be research: The final rule amends the definition of research to include four new activities that are deemed to not be research. For details, see Does your project require IRB oversight?

What to Expect

The new regulations do not impact studies approved prior to July 19, 2018.  

For existing studies, the College at Brockport IRB may choose to apply some of the new rules to minimize burden for investigators.

More information will be available once the Final Rule is in effect.  

Be advised that many of the IRB forms and documents are updated and revised on an ongoing basis. To make sure you have the most recent versions, always download new forms from the IRB site.

Last Updated 6/12/18

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