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IRB Brown Bag Session: IRB Quality Assurance Review (QAR) Program: Why We're Here and What We Do

Tuesday, 28 February, 2017

Please join the IRB Office at our next Brown Bag session:
"IRB Quality Assurance Review (QAR) Program: Why We're Here and What We Do" will be offered on the Medical Center Campus from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Auditorium C (Pitlyk) at the Learning Resources Center (LRC).
The IRB's QAR program promotes high ethical and quality standards in human subjects research and supports University compliance with federal regulations by providing monitoring and educational opportunities for researchers who conduct research involving human volunteers.
A major component of the QAR program is routine monitoring of human research studies conducted at SLU. The QAR team conducts 16 routine investigator visits a year to assess whether research operations are 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.
Since these reviews are conducted by random selection, we invite you to come and learn more about the QAR program in the event you or your research unit are selected.
In this session, participants will learn: 
  • The difference between a QAR visit and an "Audit"
  • How to prepare for a QAR visit
  • About our new QAR self-assessment tool and how to do a self-assessment
  • About each type of QAR visit and the common findings of each
Don't forget to bring your lunch or a snack!

The IRB’s Brown Bag series is designed to provide the SLU research community with in-depth understanding and discussion concerning the latest policies, procedures, and requirements pertaining to human subjects research.

Brown Bag sessions are for SLU research professionals and coordinators, and any student, staff, or faculty member who is looking for continuing IRB education.

For questions or to RSVP, please call Rachel at 977-9813 or e-mail

For more information and additional education opportunities visit the ‘Training and Education’ tab on the IRB website at