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RAND IRB Survey About the Revised Common Rule

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has sponsored the RAND Corporation, in cooperation with the Scripps Translational Sciences Institute, to conduct a survey of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). 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 will be tailored to the role of each respondent. IRB staff and members will be asked about IRB organization and staffing, the volume of IRB projects, and IRB resources and procedures. Investigators will be asked about their experiences with the protocol submission and review process. Respondents will also be asked to provide their opinions about IRB efficiency and effectiveness, and the expected impact of changes to the Common Rule and challenges they are currently facing.

This survey may serve as a baseline for tracking changes that take place as the revised Common Rule is implemented starting in 2018. The results of the study will be disseminated to participating IRBs and in public reports and publications.

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