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If you are a new investigator at Emory, we encourage you to make an appointment with the IRB to take stock of your studies and prepare a plan for a smooth transfer of your research projects. Please visit the About page for general contact information and a list of IRB staff, or send us an email at irb@emory.edu.

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What's New at the IRB?

eIRB Delays
The eIRB system is currently experiencing delays and slow processing. Maintenance is on-going and may continue over the weekend.

Informed Consent Template Update

The IRB's ICF/HIPAA templates have been updated to include a small new section prompting for the insertion of language regarding certificates of confidentiality, genetic research, incidental findings, and other topics. As these topics are not applicable to all studies, the language has placed on a separate document for modular use. In addition to the creation of the modular language, the signature page has been re-formatted for clarity and style. Study teams are not required to update their consent forms to the new templates, provided they already have language in their consent documents adequately covering things like genetic research, certificates of confidentiality, etc. The new version date for the Emory Biomedical, Grady, CHOA, and SJHA consent documents is 7-20-2015. 

IRB Policies and Procedures Update

The IRB P&Ps have been updated, with the changes primarily focusing on internal IRB procedures. New chapters have also been added to cover research conducted under the auspices of the Department of Energy, Department of Justice, and the Environmental Protection Agency. The new version date is 6-9-2015.

IRB Policies and Procedures Update

The IRB P&Ps have been updated in order to be in accord with the current version of the VA Handbook. Numerous small changes and clarifications have been made to Chapter 17 and throughout the P&Ps generally. The new version date is 5-14-2015.

IRB Webinar on International Research Considerations

On May 14 at 12:00 pm (Noon), the Emory IRB will deliver a concise webinar on international research considerations. The presentation will be about 20-30 minutes long with a live question and answer session afterwards. A link to the live webinar, as well as recordings of each webinar, are available on the Webinars page.

CITI Certification Now Good for Three Years

As of May 15, 2015 CITI training certification for researchers on Emory studies will be extended to three years (previously it was two years).  The renewal intervals will be updated in the CITI system and any certificate that was earned less than three years ago will be extended to be valid for three years.  So those certificates that expired at two years, but were completed less than three years ago will be valid.

Important: NIH Policy in effect Jan. 25, 2015


Important new NIH policy for anyone conducting a defined scope of “large-scale genomic research” using human or non-human specimens/data. This policy requires data sharing plans to be included in applicable grant proposals, as well as in informed consent forms. The GDS Policy takes effect for competing grant applications submitted for the January 25, 2015, receipt date; contract proposals submitted to NIH on or after January 25, 2015; and for intramural projects generating genomic data on or after January 25, 2015.
Please see the NIH’s website for information: http://gds.nih.gov/03policy2.html and http://gds.nih.gov/13faqs.html. Information on informed consent for genomic research: http://www.genome.gov/27026588 (general homepage) and http://www.genome.gov/27559024 (considerations and sample language)

New guidance on obtaining Certificates of Confidentiality for your study

Please see the Certificates of Confidentiality page for better guidance on obtaining Certificates of Confidentiality for your studies.  One highlight: your request for signature should be sent to your IRB analyst, and should not be sent directly to Emory's Institutional Official.

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