September 25, 2014

TRI Removing Step in IRB Protocol Submission Process

Research protocols submitted through CLARA are no longer receiving an automatic content review prior to the protocols’ arrival at the UAMS Institutional Review Board (IRB) office. On Oct. 13, the UAMS Translational Research Services Center (TRSC) began routing all submissions not requiring budget/coverage analysis directly to the IRB, where they will receive their first content review. The practice traditionally has involved an automatic pre-IRB review by the Research Support Center (now part of the TRSC). To avoid redundancy due to the IRB office having its own pre-IRB review process, this TRSC service is now being provided only at the request of researchers. Investigators who would like assistance with protocol development and IRB submission may request services at TRIservices@uams.edu.