OVPRI Human Subject Research Protection Blog

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.

The Human Research Protection Program (IRB) office will be closed for Thanksgiving beginning at noon on Wednesday, 11/23/22 and will reopen on Monday, 11/28/22.

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 Procedures #VII-6. In addition, as always, investigators are responsible for taking any actions necessary to ensure the ongoing safety of research participants.
  • To report an unanticipated problem involving risk to subjects or others:
    • Follow the normal procedure for submitting the Report within RAMS-IRB.
  • To seek guidance regarding an unanticipated problem or any emergency situation during the Thanksgiving holiday:
    • Call 804-828-0868 and leave a message, including a phone number where you can be reached. Messages will be checked daily, and your call will be returned.

Upcoming VCU Winter Break Closing

The Human Research Protection Program (IRB) office will also be closed for the VCU Winter Break December 22, 2022 – January 2, 2023.

Please Note: With the exception of urgent reports for unanticipated problems or other emergencies, the office will not be processing or reviewing submissions during the winter closing, and the full board of the IRB will not convene between December 21, 2022 and January 10, 2023. Investigators may therefore experience a delay in the review turnaround time for submissions received around the holidays. Studies that require continuing review and are due to expire during or immediately following the Winter Break closing should be submitted for continuing review as soon as possible to allow for IRB review prior to the Winter Break closing. We appreciate your patience and understanding.  

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