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Updated WPPs Available

The IRB’s Written Policies and Procedures (WPPs) were updated as of 9/28/2020 and are now available on the IRB’s website. This update includes a major policy change regarding HIPAA and the definition of Protected Health Information. Other changes include procedures for electronic consent signatures, Certificate of Confidentiality applications, and making minimal risk determinations.

RAMS-IRB is back online after patch

The RAMS-IRB patch this morning 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 or ORSP@vcu.edu if problems are encountered.

RAMS-IRB Patch on Monday 9/28/2020

The RAMS-IRB system will be down for system maintenance on 9/28/20. For a description of what updates are included in this patch, please refer to this Google Doc Remember to save your work and exit the system prior to the scheduled date and time. Any attempted use of the system during scheduled maintenance is subject to […]

IRB Review of Research Staff Qualifications

Effective August 1, 2019, Principal Investigators are required to list all key personnel on the personnel page of the RAMS-IRB SmartForm.  Investigators may add or remove research staff who are not key personnel without submitting an amendment to the IRB.  Only changes to key personnel require an amendment. For the purposes of submission in RAMS-IRB, “key personnel” […]

IRB Analyst Job Posting

The Office of Research Subjects Protection is seeking an IRB Analyst. Key responsibilities include: Conducting IRB review of exempt/expedited research and, as necessary, full board research Serve as an educational resource for IRB members, investigators, research personnel, and students Maintain and apply current knowledge of federal and state regulations, research/medical ethics, IRB Written Policies and Procedures, and ORSP business practices. To […]

Updated WPPs Posted

The IRB’s Written Policies and Procedures (WPPs) have been updated online at https://research.vcu.edu/human_research/guidance.htm. Investigators are reminded to use the single PDF document that contains all of the VCU IRB’s WPPs. This single file is meant to serve as a resource to the VCU research community while each policy is individually updated on the VCU IRB WPP […]

New Resources for Filling out the Future Sharing Plan Page

New resources about the Future Sharing Plan page of the smartform are posted on the Help Tutorials and Videos section of the IRB website (from the Researchers page, click the link for Help Tutorials): Webinar Recording This 25-minute webinar (presented by John Horigan and Nina Exner on 4/2/2019) gives a overview of why we created this page and what […]

Job Posting for IRB Analyst

The Office of Research Subjects Protection is seeking an IRB Analyst. Key responsibilities include: Conducting IRB review of exempt/expedited research and, as necessary, full board research Serve as an educational resource for IRB members, investigators, research personnel, and students Maintain and apply current knowledge of federal and state regulations, research/medical ethics, IRB Written Policies and Procedures, and ORSP business practices. To […]

VCU IRB is seeking feedback about non-medical research interventions

The VCU Office of Research Subjects Protection is seeking to engage with faculty, staff, and students across VCU about a new category of exempt research related to benign behavioral interventions. Revisions to the Department of Health and Human Services federal regulations (45 CFR 46) for the protection of human subjects in research went into effect on […]

Important RAMS-IRB Patch and Holiday Schedule Announcement

Upcoming RAMS-IRB Patch – RAMS-IRB will be down 11/15/18, 9:00 pm through 11/16/18, 1:00 pm while this update is being installed. This update includes new/revised questions within the smartform. Protocols submitted following the update will require responses to applicable new questions. If responses remain outstanding at submission, investigators may encounter an error message. You can identify and view […]

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