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NEW! Harvard IRBs Master Agreement

January 10, 2020

Are you a Harvard University Area researcher who is collaborating with a Harvard Medical School researcher?  Have you ever wondered why a reliance agreement is needed when you work with another Harvard researcher?  It’s almost like we are two separate institutions!  Well, we are, or at least in regard to how the Harvard IRBs are set up. Since the Harvard IRBs work independently of each other, if a Harvard University Area researcher (Cambridge and Allston campus) is working with a Harvard Longwood Campus Area researcher, it is like being at separate...

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Single IRB Requirement for All Federally Funded Studies in Effect January 20, 2020

January 10, 2020

The Revised Rule (aka “2018 Requirements”) that took effect on January 21, 2019 requires that all federally funded research that involves multiple institutions must have only one IRB provide review.  Also known as “Single IRB” (or “sIRB” – a cool new IRB word, by the way), this requirement follows the NIH’s implementation of a similar policy way back in 2018. With the NIH policy, only those studies...

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IRB Office Closed - Dec. 24th through Jan. 1st

December 24, 2019
The IRB Office will be closed during the Harvard Winter Recess - December 24th at noon through January 1st.  The IRB Office will re-open on Thursday, January 2nd.  No IRB submissions will be reviewed during this time. Thank you for your understanding and Happy Holidays!

Undergraduate Research Ethics Training (URTP) now posted!

October 29, 2019

The Undergraduate Research Training Program (URTP) is a comprehensive platform to create better prepared undergraduate researchers.  As part of the program, in-person training sessions are held at various dates throughout the academic year.  The in-person training sessions are an alternative to the standard online CITI training. The sessions have been developed with students in mind: they are 90 minutes in length, interactive, and developed with enthusiasm and energy. Here are some upcoming dates:

Fall 2019...

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Starting June 1, Data Security Level 3 will require HUIT approval prior to IRB approval

June 4, 2019

Why is this change happening?

As you know, all research that receives a data security level (DSL) assignment of 3, 4, or 5 requires review by HUIT. While HUIT DSL 3 must be reviewed within a one-year time frame, HUIT review of DSL 4 and DSL 5 has been required prior to IRB approval. With the recent changes to the federal regulations governing human subject protections, many studies that received a DSL 3 used the continuing review timepoint as a “due date” for the DSL 3 HUIT review. As continuing review is no longer a requirement for many studies, a working group has been...

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ESTR will be unavailable from 4:00 PM ET on Friday, April 12 until 7:00 AM ET on Monday, April 15.

March 28, 2019

Highlights for this release include:

  • Simplified process for single IRB review and management of participating sites,
  • Improved reference and flagging items for reviewers, and 
  • Updated workspace views.

View the detailed release notes to learn about key changes expected with this update.

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New Alternative to NIH Online Training Now Available!

October 12, 2018

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) discontinued their very popular online ethics training, “Protecting Human Research Participants” on September 26, 2018. Historically, for study team members that are not affiliated with Harvard University or do not have a Harvard Key, the Harvard University Area (HUA) IRB offered this training as an alternative to completion of the CITI ethics training, as the CITI training is only available to Harvard affiliates. With the discontinuation of the NIH training, non-Harvard affiliates were left with few-to-no options.... Read more about New Alternative to NIH Online Training Now Available!