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OVPRI Human Subject Research Protection Blog

The VCU Human Research Protection Program is dedicated to facilitating ethically and scientifically sound research through robust review of research projects and through effective education and outreach to the VCU research community.

FDA-regulated research study teams are now able to use a special DocuSign platform to obtain electronic signatures. This platform has special identity verification and authentication processes to meet FDA requirements, and it may only be used for adult consent and for certain FDA documents and forms.

Learn more about this free resource and how to request elevated access at

Studies that are not FDA-regulated should continue to use the regular DocuSign platform to obtain electronic signatures. 

As always, minimal risk studies also have the option to request a waiver of the consent signature, and a Waiver of Consent Documentation Log template (for documenting verbal consent) is available in the Study Conduct Toolkit at News and Updates
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