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.

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IMPORTANT – Request to Delay Submitting to the IRB

On Wednesday, September 15th, RAMS-IRB went offline to undergo a system upgrade. After it came back online yesterday, we identified an issue with the uploaded documents appearing as blank or not being able to be opened, and we are working to correct the issue and restore those documents. However, it is taking longer than anticipated.  […]

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.

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.

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 […]

VCU HRPP Job Posting: IRB Analyst

The Human Research Protections Program is seeking an IRB Analyst. Key responsibilities include: Conducting independent IRB review of exempt/expedited research and, as necessary, full board research, upon receipt of adequate training and experience; 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 […]

VCU Human Research Protections Program – Winter Closing Holiday Schedule

The Human Research Protection Program (IRB) office will be closed for the holidays December 21, 2019 – January 5, 2020. 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 Procedure […]

VCU Human Research Protections Program – Holiday Schedule

Thanksgiving Holiday The Human Research Protection Program (IRB) office will be closed for Thanksgiving beginning at noon on Wednesday, 11/27/19 and will reopen on Monday, 12/2/19. 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 […]

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