NIH Single IRB Policy Implementation Date Extended

June 16, 2017

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:

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We're Moving!

May 19, 2017

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!

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ESTR Update Scheduled for 6:00pm ET Thursday, April 27

April 14, 2017

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
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CUHS to Transition to OVPR

March 15, 2017

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

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Undergraduate Research Ethics Training

February 8, 2017

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
  • Thursday, March 23   4-5:30pm – Sever Hall 113
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ESTR Update Scheduled for 6pm ET Friday, February 3

February 3, 2017

ESTR will be unavailable from 6:00 PM ET to 6:30 PM ET on Friday, February 3. 

This update is being completed to fix the issue where an "unauthorized access" page occasionally displays after log in.  

ESTR Log in Error

January 30, 2017

NOTE: There may be a disruption the first time you attempt to log in to ESTR today. 

Issue: Saved browser cookies will cause a “you do not have permission to view this page” type error when attempting to view a page after log in.

1. Clear your browser cache (instructions for:

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Freeze on New Federal Regulations – Including the Final Rule!

January 27, 2017

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. 
There are regulations have been published but

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GCP Training for Social Behavioral Researchers Now Available

January 27, 2017

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.

This training may be found at

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