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RAMS-IRB will be patched 3/16/2022 6pm

As a reminder, the RAMS-IRB system will be patched tomorrow night (3/16/2022) from approximately 6pm – 11pm ET. Be sure to save your work before the system goes down. For a description of what updates are included in this patch, please refer to the summary of the changes below: Please contact the assigned IRB coordinator for […]

Updated WPPs Available

The IRB’s Written Policies and Procedures (WPPs) were updated as of 1/5/2022 and are now available on the IRB’s website. In accordance with WPP I-1, the HRPP completed a biennial review over the past six months of all the WPPs. See the Summary of Changes document below for more information about the revisions.

Investigator Responsibilities during COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear Members of the VCU Research Community, As we respond to the rising number of local COVID-19 cases, the HRPP is reissuing the following guidance: 1. Continue to work with your Department Chairs, Deans, Building Managers, Human Resource Representatives, and the facility where your research takes place regarding the study’s approvals and permissions for building […]

RAMS-IRB will be patched tonight (12/9)

As a reminder, the RAMS-IRB system will be patched tonight (12/9/2021) from approximately 6pm-11pm. Be sure to save your work before the system goes down. For a description of what updates are included in this patch, please refer to the summary of the changes below: Please contact the assigned IRB coordinator for your study or ORSP@vcu.edu if problems are encountered after […]

Updated Consent Templates

Revised consent templates are now available on the IRB forms webpage. The following changes were made: HIPAA authorization language was revised to add an option for naming VCU Dental Care instead of VCU Health as the source of PHI. A new section for obtaining FERPA consent was added to the Social-Behavioral Consent Template. The Exempt Information […]

The IRB Welcomes Sandy Brooks, Director, Human Research Protection Program

The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is very pleased to welcome Dr. Sanjur (Sandy) Brooks as the new Director of the HRPP.   Dr. Brooks has worked extensively with IRBs, human subjects protection policy, and clinical research. She comes to VCU from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Office of Compliance and Business Integrity, where she was Director […]

Updated WPPs Available

WPP #: XVII-2 Subject Recruitment and Compensation was split into 2 policies due to the volume of content around each topic: WPP XVII-1 Research Participant Recruitment WPP XVII-2 Research Participant Compensation

Research Recruitment Advertising and VCU Policy

The VCU HRPP would like to share the message below from Tom Klug with a reminder for investigators about one of VCU’s policies related to research recruitment advertising. Please direct any questions to the Division of University Relations: VCU Brand Identity Office at identity@vcu.edu University Relations and the Integrity and Compliance Office have recently updated the […]

Reminder about Masking Requirements for Research Participants

The HRPP reminds all investigators and study teams that masking indoors has been reinstated throughout the University and remains in effect for health system facilities.  Study teams remain responsible for following all applicable federal, state, local, and institutional public health requirements, regardless of the vaccination status of the participants or study team members.  Here are a few examples of times […]

Updated WPPs and PROC and Informatics instructions

The IRB’s Written Policies and Procedures (WPPs) were updated as of 6/18/2021 to align policies with the recent RAMS-IRB patch updates and are now available on the IRB’s website. Important Instructions and FAQ’s for studies that will use VCU Health patients, data, and/or facilities: What should I do if a Protocol Review Oversight Committee (PROC) has not […]

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