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103.14 Organization Policy on Transfer of Protocol among JHM IRBs

April 2016

It is the policy of the Organization that protocols may be transferred from one JHM IRB to another within the JHM Human Subjects Protection Program.  Transfers may occur in the following circumstances:

  1. When a change in Principal Investigator (PI) is being proposed to designate a Member or Chair of the IRB of record for the study as the new PI.  In such cases, the study will be transferred to an IRB on which the PI does not serve as a Member.  (In cases in which the new PI is a former member or Chair of the IRB of record, transfer shall also occur if the change in PI occurs within two years of that person’s completion of service on the IRB).*
  2. When the IRB of record believes it lacks the expertise required for review of the study and that expertise is available on another of the JHM IRBs.
  3. When a study assigned to one JHM IRB for review is identified as being identical to another study previously approved by a different JHM IRB.  In such cases, the new study will be re-assigned to the IRB which approved the first submission of the study.
  4. For reasons other than those specified above as determined by the Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation, JHM IRB Chairs, and/or OHSR staff. 

* Note: For those studies reviewed and approved by the JHM All Children’s Hospital (ACH) IRB, it will not be mandated that studies with PIs who sit as Members or as Chairs on the JHM ACH IRB be transferred.  In such cases, the PI must recuse him or herself from all of the ACH JHM IRB’s deliberations concerning the study.


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