Soon, the system that supports IRB reliance (under the Harvard Catalyst Master IRB Reliance Agreement) will undergo a phased shutdown. The last day to start a new request in the Harvard Catalyst system will be Monday, July 31.
NIH is extending the effective date of the NIH Policy on the Use of a Single Institutional Review Board for Multi-Site Research to January 25, 2018. The policy will apply to all competing grant applications for due dates on or after January 25, 2018. For R&D contracts, the policy will apply to all solicitations issued on or after this effective date.
Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions to assist in the implementation of the policy will be available at: https://osp.od.nih.gov/
Starting July 1, 2017 we will be located in the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, Suite 935, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 01238. We look forward to seeing you in our new location!
ESTR will be offline for a configuration update on Thursday, April 27 from 6:00pm ET to approximately 7:00pm ET. With this release, Harvard is adding some configurations to support IRB review, along with policy-based updates. Release highlights include:
SmartForm revisions to clarify prompts and requirements around interest reporting and listing study team members.
Activity and workpsace updates to support IRB staff in the review process.
Updated PI and Faculty Sponsor assurance to further clairify requirements assocaited with interest reporting and
The Committee on the Use of Human Subjects (CUHS) office, staff, and IRB will be moving from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), Research Administration Services (RAS) to the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) in Central Administration (CADM), effective as of July 1st, 2017.
Historically, the CUHS was constituted as a standing faculty committee of the FAS, and the CUHS staff have remained embedded in FAS despite the growth in volume of human subject research from other university area schools (currently, half of the volume of research studies reviewed by CUHS are from
To help undergraduates properly prepare to conduct research, the IRB will offer training in the spring of 2017 (for spring and summer 2017 projects). This training is designed to help you develop a proposal that minimizes risk and to guide you on completing templates for the protocol and informed consent documents.
Research Ethics training seminars for undergraduates will be offered on the following dates:
Wednesday, February 22, 4:00-5:30pm, Sever Hall 213
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus issued a memorandum to all executive departments and agencies to freeze new or pending regulations -- giving the new administration time to review them. Any regulations that have yet to be sent for publishing in the Federal Register, the memo asks the agency to not send any regulation to the Federal Register until reviewed by someone selected by the President.
For those that have been sent but not published, the White House ordered the regulations withdrawn.
NIH's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research announced that the Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training modules they have developed that are specifically tailored to social and behavioral science researchers conducting clinical trials are now available through the Society of Behavioral Medicine, including for non-members of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.