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Investigator Responsibilities Regarding COVID during the VCU Winter Closure

Dear Members of the VCU Research Community, As we approach the VCU Winter Closure, the HRPP and IRB would like to thank the research community for their collaboration with us this year. We faced some new challenges, and we are proud that we worked together to facilitate research that benefits our patients, students, and community. […]

Updated WPPs Available

The IRB’s Written Policies and Procedures (WPPs) were updated as of 10/30/2020 and are now available on the IRB’s website. Links throughout the document were corrected and cross-linked. Clarification was added to 3 WPPs about how the IRB reviews corrective actions or substantive changes that occur in response to an unanticipated problem – in particular changes […]

Revised Definition of “Protected Health Information” Effective 9/28/2020

Effective 9/28/2020, VCU Health/VCU is narrowing the definition of “Protected Health Information” (PHI)  [revised definition] Protected Health Information (PHI): Individually identifiable health information held or transmitted by a covered entity or its business associate, in any form or media, whether electronic, paper, or oral, in relation to the provision of healthcare, healthcare operations and payment […]

Updated WPPs Available

The IRB’s Written Policies and Procedures (WPPs) were updated as of 9/28/2020 and are now available on the IRB’s website. This update includes a major policy change regarding HIPAA and the definition of Protected Health Information. Other changes include procedures for electronic consent signatures, Certificate of Confidentiality applications, and making minimal risk determinations.

RAMS-IRB is back online after patch

The RAMS-IRB patch this morning was completed successfully and is now back online. For a description of what updates are included in this patch, please refer to this Google Doc Please contact the assigned IRB coordinator or if problems are encountered.

RAMS-IRB Patch on Monday 9/28/2020

The RAMS-IRB system will be down for system maintenance on 9/28/20. For a description of what updates are included in this patch, please refer to this Google Doc Remember to save your work and exit the system prior to the scheduled date and time. Any attempted use of the system during scheduled maintenance is subject to […]

IRB Review of Research Staff Qualifications

Effective August 1, 2019, Principal Investigators are required to list all key personnel on the personnel page of the RAMS-IRB SmartForm.  Investigators may add or remove research staff who are not key personnel without submitting an amendment to the IRB.  Only changes to key personnel require an amendment. For the purposes of submission in RAMS-IRB, “key personnel” […]

IRB Analyst Job Posting

The Office of Research Subjects Protection is seeking an IRB Analyst. Key responsibilities include: Conducting IRB review of exempt/expedited research and, as necessary, full board research Serve as an educational resource for IRB members, investigators, research personnel, and students Maintain and apply current knowledge of federal and state regulations, research/medical ethics, IRB Written Policies and Procedures, and ORSP business practices. To […]

Updated WPPs Posted

The IRB’s Written Policies and Procedures (WPPs) have been updated online at Investigators are reminded to use the single PDF document that contains all of the VCU IRB’s WPPs. This single file is meant to serve as a resource to the VCU research community while each policy is individually updated on the VCU IRB WPP […]

New Resources for Filling out the Future Sharing Plan Page

New resources about the Future Sharing Plan page of the smartform are posted on the Help Tutorials and Videos section of the IRB website (from the Researchers page, click the link for Help Tutorials): Webinar Recording This 25-minute webinar (presented by John Horigan and Nina Exner on 4/2/2019) gives a overview of why we created this page and what […]

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