The VCU Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) would like to notify the VCU research community that the tiering system initially implemented at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that required researchers to categorize their studies as one of 4 different tiers of research has been discontinued.
Provided that PIs can determine that resources are available for the safe conduct of a study, in accordance with all VCU COVID-19 health and safety requirements, no further reviews or approvals need to be obtained, beyond obtaining IRB approval and any other applicable ancillary reviews (i.e. PRMC review).
More information on remaining VCU COVID-19 health and safety requirements can be found on the One VCU: Better Together website and the Public Health Measures webpage. Information on the return to research, specifically, can be found on OVPRI’s Return to Research website.
Investigators can contact their assigned IRB Coordinator if they have any questions about any impacts on their studies from COVID-19.