Guidance on Obtaining Consent (Signatures and Documentation)

E-Consent Comparison: REDCap vs. DocuSign
This infographic compares two methods of obtaining e-consent: REDCap and DocuSign.

Comparison of Different Methods of Obtaining Consent Signatures Remotely
This document compares different methods of obtaining and documenting consent remotely, and provides examples of options for common scenarios.

HRPP Operating Status

The VCU Human Research Protection Program and IRB continue to operate as normal with all personnel working remotely and IRB meetings continuing as scheduled. Highest priority for IRB review is given to COVID-19-related research and the IRB has created a sub-panel available to meet on short notice to accommodate the need for rapid turn-around. 

The IRB and HRPP continue to review and process research submissions.

  • All IRB submissions should utilize the normal RAMS-IRB review/submission process. 
  • IRB submissions related to investigational treatment of or changes to mitigate risks from COVID-19 will be prioritized. New studies related to COVID-19 should ensure the term “COVID-19” appears somewhere in the study title field in RAMS-IRB.
  • If amending a study in response to COVID-19, please follow the instructions in this COVID-19 Contingency Protocol form. (updated 3/17/20). Instructions for the use of this form can also be found here.

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