- Expectations for Committee Members
- A training program is required of prospective members to ensure that they have a solid foundation in theory, regulations, and practical skills before engaging in service with the Emory IRB.
- The new-member orientation includes the following: observation of an Emory IRB meeting; participation in a training session on IRB Policies and Procedures; completion of the CITI online training program (if not currently certified); and attendance at a hands-on eIRB training session.
- Once the training steps noted above are complete, the Vice President for Research Administration at Emory will sign an appointment letter.
- Members are encouraged to contribute comments to the discussions and to demonstrate respect for each other’s opinions
- Members are expected to review all applications on the agenda, whether assigned as primary/secondary reviewer or not.
- For more information on becoming an Emory IRB member, please contact Rebecca Rousselle.
Member Participation is Equally Valued
- IRB members are selected to ensure a diverse set of perspectives and expertise appropriate to the kinds of research under review.
- Each member, including Vice Chairs and Co-Chairs, gets one vote.
- The role of the non-scientist member is so important as a counterweight to the abundance of scientist members that federal rules require a non-scientist member to participate in every convened IRB meeting.
- The role of the member unaffiliated with Emory is likewise so important as a counterweight to the majority, who are affiliated, that Emory policy requires an unaffiliated member to participate in every convened IRB meeting. Often the unaffiliated member is also a non-scientist; in this case, both requirements for a quorum are met.
Tips for Successful Review
Allow adequate time for review prior to the meeting
Communicate with the facilitator and/or analysts regarding questions, concerns, or conflicts