VCU Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) Blog

The VCU HRPP 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.

On 6/17/2021, RAMS-IRB will undergo a patch to make several changes. One change that will be implemented during the upcoming RAMS-IRB patch on 6/17/2021 is the addition of studies that request EXTERNAL IRB REVIEW being routed to department review first.

When VCU cedes IRB review to another institution, we retain responsibility for ensuring that the institution, and the department, have the capacity and resources for conducting the study. In order to meet this responsibility, all studies that request a reliance on an IRB external to VCU (such as Advarra, or WCG) will be routed to the appropriate Department Reviewer for approval.

Department reviewers are expected to review these studies in the same way and with the same considerations as those internal to VCU.

Training for department reviewers is available. Training sessions cover the purpose and scope of department review, in order to orient department reviewers to their role and responsibilities in the IRB process.

Training sessions will be hosted virtually using Zoom, will last 30 minutes, and involve a presentation and an opportunity for Q&A. Following the presentation, there will be an optional 30 minute demonstration of RAMS-IRB functions. 

Sessions are offered at the following times:

  • Monday, June 21, 4pm EST – 5pm EST
  • Wednesday, June 23, 9am EST – 10am EST
  • Friday, June 25, 12pm EST – 1pm EST
  • Monday, July 19, 4pm EST – 5pm EST
  • Wednesday, July 21, 9am EST – 10am EST
  • Friday, July 23, 12pm EST – 1pm EST

Register for training by completing this registration form. Once you register, you will be sent an email with Zoom information.

If none of the session options work for you but you would like to take advantage of the training, please contact the Education & Outreach Manager at

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