The revised Common Rule—the primary federal regulations governing human subjects research—includes a requirement for all federally funded, multi-site (“cooperative research”) studies that are not exempt to use a single IRB (sIRB) review model for projects approved on or after January 20, 2020. For studies subject to this mandate, a single reviewing IRB will need to be identified, and all sites involved in the study will need to formally rely on the review of that IRB.
What does this mean for UGA investigators?? The lead PI and sIRB should be identified in the grant proposal. The sponsoring agency, each investigator, and the IRB at each institution should be involved in determining which site will take on this responsibility. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-542-3199 to schedule a consultation in preparation for your multi-site study.
NOTE: The revised Common Rule sIRB mandate is separate from the NIH single IRB policy, which went into effect in January 2018.