The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is planning for the university-wide implementation of eIRB, the electronic system used for submitting and maintaining human subjects research protocols. The eIRB system has been in a pilot stage for months, with a variety of departments across campus using the system. The IRB is now preparing to extend the use of eIRB to the entire SLU research community.
The IRB is anticipating a June release of the eIRB system. Starting in June, all new IRB protocols can be submitted in the eIRB system, with the exception of HUDs, Emergency Use, Compassionate Use and Facilitated review submissions.
If investigators have already begun to prepare new protocols on paper forms, the IRB will accept paper submissions until August 1, 2011.
However, the IRB highly encourages use of the eIRB system for all new protocol submissions as there will be a requirement to convert paper protocols at a later date (likely at time of continuing review).
Note: existing IRB protocols will be incorporated into the eIRB system, but that is a later phase of the project, expected in late Summer/early Fall. More details will follow.
In preparation for the implementation of eIRB, the IRB has planned some in-person and online training sessions that are open to the entire University. In addition, the IRB is finalizing various reference materials and online training modules that will assist investigators. More details about training sessions and reference materials will be available soon.
Please look for future communications regarding the university-wide launch of eIRB, which will provide more specific details about upcoming training sessions, how and when to access the system and what is required to be submitted using the new system.
Please direct any questions or concerns about the implementation of eIRB to 314-977-7744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.