Saint Louis University

The Quality Assurance Review (QAR) Program was created within the IRB office in 2014. The purpose of the QAR Program is to promote high ethical and quality standards in human subjects research and to support University compliance with federal regulations by providing monitoring and educational opportunities for researchers who conduct research involving human volunteers. 

Investigator Reviews

A major component of the QAR program is routine montoring of human research studies being conducted at SLU. The QAR team conducts 16 routine investigator visits a year to assess whether research operations are being conducted in compliance with IRB-approved protocols, regulations and institutional policies. Review types vary in size and focus, and include things like consent process observation, consent documentation reviews, and study organization/documentation reviews. Investigators are selected randomly and once reviewed, are not eligible for routine re-selection for another two years.

Investigators who would like to request the QAR team visit their program can voluntarily request a visit by calling the QAR Coordinator, Hayley Graf at 314-977-7736 or 

Investigator Self-Assessment Program

Principal Investigators, Research Directors or Study Teams interested in assessing their research operations internally are welcome to use the QAR Investigator Self-Assessment Checklist. The tool can be used in whole, in part, or in combination with unit or sponsor specific elements to ensure that all requirements are being met in the conduct of the research.

Investigator Self-Assessment Checklist

General Information & Contact Information

QAR Program

QAR Program FAQs

For QAR questions, contact Hayley Graf at 314-977-7736 or