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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.

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RAMS-IRB Document Issues Resolved

Thank you for your patience while we resolved the document issues being experienced in RAMS-IRB.  At this time, we believe that the documents have been restored, and investigators are welcome to submit to the IRB again.  We recommend that you double-check your submission to make sure that everything seems completely intact. If you download a […]

IMPORTANT – Request to Delay Submitting to the IRB

On Wednesday, September 15th, RAMS-IRB went offline to undergo a system upgrade. After it came back online yesterday, we identified an issue with the uploaded documents appearing as blank or not being able to be opened, and we are working to correct the issue and restore those documents. However, it is taking longer than anticipated.  […]

VCU Human Research Protections Program – Winter Closing Holiday Schedule

The Human Research Protection Program (IRB) office will be closed for the holidays December 21, 2019 – January 5, 2020. Investigators remain responsible for reporting to the IRB any unanticipated problems involving risk to subjects or others that occur during this time.  For guidance on what constitutes an unanticipated problem, refer to the VCU IRB Written Policies and Procedure […]

VCU Human Research Protections Program – Holiday Schedule

Thanksgiving Holiday The Human Research Protection Program (IRB) office will be closed for Thanksgiving beginning at noon on Wednesday, 11/27/19 and will reopen on Monday, 12/2/19. Investigators remain responsible for reporting to the IRB any unanticipated problems involving risk to subjects or others that occur during this time. For guidance on what constitutes an unanticipated […]

RAMS-IRB Update is Complete

RAMS-IRB was updated on January 30th.  Thanks for your patience as we’ve worked to complete the updates. Here’s what you need to know: New studies that were in a state of “PI Action” before the patch have reverted to IRB staff statuses in order to map IRB Comments to the appropriate sections of the revised […]

New CITI Course on the Revised Common Rule

Learn More about the 2018 Common Rule The 2018 Common Rule represents the first major change in the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Research Subjects since its implementation.  As we’re preparing resources to address the revisions in RAMS-IRB and elsewhere, we’ve added a new optional course in CITI for researchers who are interested […]

VCU ORSP Winter Closing Holiday Schedule 2018

Office of Research Subjects Protection The Office of Research Subjects Protection will be closed for the VCU Winter Closing Friday, 12/21/18 through Tuesday, 1/1/19, and will reopen on Wednesday, 1/2/19. Please Note: Investigators remain responsible for reporting to the IRB any unanticipated problems involving risk to subjects or others that occur during this time.  For […]

Outpatient study drug management changes

Although the use of the Investigational Drug Service (IDS) for dispensing and storing outpatient study medications within the VCU Health System has been optional in the past, this will no longer be allowed, except in special circumstances.  The VCU Office of Research and Innovation and the VCU Medical Center Department of Pharmacy have cooperated recently […]

ORSP Operations during UCI Road World Championships

The Office of Research Subjects Protection will be fully operational throughout the UCI Road World Championships (September 21-25, 2015); however, staff will not be working on-site.  Email will be the most efficient method for contacting an ORSP staff person during this time.  If trying to reach an ORSP staff person by phone, your voicemail will […]

Certified Clinical Research Professional Exam and Preparation Sessions

Are you interested in becoming a Certified Clinical Research Professional? VCU’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) is hosting The Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) certification exam again this spring.  The exam will be held on April 3, from 12 Noon to 4 P. M.  on the medical campus. If you are interested […]

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