May 2024

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The IRB Review

A compilation of information, announcements, & updates for UK Institutional Review Board (IRB) members, research investigators, & others involved with human subject research.

Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) Reaccreditation

As recently announced, ORI has begun the reaccreditation process which involves program review and a two-step application, culminating with a site visit assessment. At the site visit, AAHRPP will randomly select and interview researchers, staff, IRB members, and others involved in human subject research. ORI will share sample interview questions via newsletters or emails. How do you assess and ensure availability of resources required to conduct research in a way that will protect the rights and welfare of participants?

Sample answers might include: 

Visit the AAHRPP Re-Accreditation Website for more Researcher Q & A.

Accreditation demonstrates UK's commitment to continuous improvement and the

highest ethical standards in conducting human research.

Clinical Trials Day - May 20th Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)

Organized and promoted by research associations such as ACRP, Clinical Trials day arrives each May 20th as a joyful opportunity to pause in reflection, recognition, an admiration of all that has been accomplished thanks to clinical trials and the people behind them. Watch this message of Gratitude >>>


26th Annual HRP Virtual Conference

Does conducting feasibility assessments to determine if a study is possible or valid require IRB Review?

***Keep Reading for the Answer***

Upcoming ORI Office Hours

Thursday, May 30th, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

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The Office of Research Integrity offers consultations by phone, Zoom, or in-person. Consultations are offered for studies in development (with or without an E-IRB submission) as well as approved research projects.

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Answer to the Trivia Question:

Q: Does conducting feasibility assessments to determine if a study is possible or valid require IRB Review?

A: Feasibility assessments and activities typically do not meet the definition of research involving human subjects and therefore would not require IRB review. For instance testing and revising a survey tool based on utility would not be considered human research as long as the data from the testing were not used in the research analysis or publication. If unsure, submit your feasibility assessment plans for a "not human subject" determination [HTML].