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eIRB Update - Format Revision

May 4, 2007

Dear Colleagues:

While we believe the eIRB application that rolled out in 2005 has substantially improved our ability to approve protocols in a timely manner and to comply with the highest standards of human subjects research, we are continually trying to improve the application. The Office of Human Subjects Research has received comments and suggestions from researchers over the last two years on how to improve the application. Thanks to feedback from many investigators and research staff, we are now ready to release a new version of the eIRB application.

The main new features are:

  • Streamlined application using skip algorithms, allowing investigators to skip questions that are not applicable to their project.
  • A format that makes it easier to locate pertinent questions.
  • A substantially shorter application for researchers who submit exempt research projects for review.
  • Additional help guidance for application questions.

Because this is a Web-based application, all existing applications will be reformatted regardless of their current state. This means that applications in Researcher Prep, under IRB review or already approved by the IRB will be displayed in the new format. You will not lose any information that is required by the IRB, but your application will look very different. This is the first step in a series of changes to improve the eIRB application, including the Further Study Actions. You will notice some minor changes to the FSA screens now, with more changes coming later this year.

We plan to go live with the revised application by mid-May. We will post cross-referencing information between the current application questions and the revised questions. We anticipate that some issues will arise during the transition, but IRB staff are prepared to assist you. If you need help with your application, please call the IRB office at 410-955-3008 or e-mail jhmeirb@jhmi.edu.

Thanks for your continuing support.

Sincerely,

Daniel E. Ford, M.D., M.P.H.
Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation