The National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsored the RAND Corporation, in cooperation with the Scripps Translational Sciences Institute, to conduct a survey of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) in 2018. RAND worked with the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) to obtain a complete list of IRBs and information about IRB Chairs, information providers, members, and investigators.
The survey was tailored to the role of each respondent. IRB staff and members were asked about IRB organization and staffing, the volume of IRB projects, and IRB resources and procedures. Investigators were asked about their experiences with the protocol submission and review process. Respondents were also asked to provide their opinions about IRB efficiency and effectiveness, and the expected impact of changes to the Common Rule and challenges they face.
This survey may serve as a baseline for tracking changes that take place as the revised Common Rule is implemented. Data collection was completed in May 2018 and the results of the study will be disseminated to participating IRBs and in public reports and publications once data analysis is completed.