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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.

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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 […]

RAMS-IRB is back online after patch

The RAMS-IRB patch today was completed successfully and is now back online. For a description of what updates are included in this patch, please refer to the document below. Please contact the assigned IRB coordinator for your study or ORSP@vcu.edu if problems are encountered.

IRB Reminders Regarding Updated Public Health Guidelines

The VCU HRPP appreciates the work and dedication of the research community throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. As VCU has recently announced an update to the University’s public health guidelines, the VCU HRPP would like to take this opportunity to remind investigators of continuing responsibilities related to human subjects research projects during this […]

Updated WPPs Available

The IRB’s Written Policies and Procedures (WPPs) were updated as of 4/15/2021 and are now available on the IRB’s website. Many of the updates were minor, such as adding new links to resources on state-mandated disease reporting, IRB guidance on cold calling and use of social media, and an IRB video about reconsenting children when they turn […]

RAMS-IRB is back online after patch

The RAMS-IRB patch today was completed successfully and is now back online. For a description of what updates are included in this patch, please refer to: Please contact the assigned IRB coordinator for your study or ORSP@vcu.edu if problems are encountered.

New IRB requirement for amendments that change the Principal Investigator of a study

New Requirement for VCU IRB studies: All amendments submitted on or after March 15, 2021 that propose to change the Principal Investigator (PI) on a VCU IRB study will be required to have the new PI complete the PI Change Instrument and upload a copy of the completed responses. The PI Change Instrument can be […]

IRB Satisfaction Survey

The VCU Office of Research Subjects Protection invites members of the VCU and VCU Health research communities who are familiar with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to take an anonymous satisfaction survey.   This annual satisfaction survey includes questions about the following topics: perceptions of the IRB, RAMS-IRB use, customer service provided by the ORSP […]

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. […]

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