Published November 3, 2014
On September 16, 2014, Kenneth Tramposch, Associate VP for Research and Economic Development, announced that UB is reorganizing its IRBs and is investing in new tools and training enhancements for researchers who conduct human research with the goal of improving efficiency and success in growing our research portfolio.
To better support and improve the UB human research program, key changes are being made that include the following:
I. The four (4) UB Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) are in the process of being reorganized into one UB IRB that meets on a weekly basis. This new IRB structure will create more efficiency and enable faster approval times.
II. UB is looking to acquire a new integrated compliance software program which includes an IRB module. In preparation for that change, the UB IRBs are now requiring use of an “HRPP Toolkit” which is the “paper” version of the IRB electronic module. An Introduction to the HRPP Toolkit is provided with Good Research Practice (GRP) Training (see “C” below for information about GCP training). The Toolkit provides the following:
The FULL HRPP/IRB Toolkit can be found on the UB-IRB website.
III. To ensure compliance with human research regulations and guidance and to better foster successful relationships with research sponsors and granting agencies, the UB HRPP is now requiring Good Research Practice (GRP) training as a supplement to CITI training. The following information is taken from the GRP Training Information Sheet which provides information about the new GRP Training Requirement:
As of 3/31/2015 ALL researchers and ALL research staff who work on studies approved by the UB IRB will be required to complete study-appropriate GRP training and CITI training before the IRB will grant new or continuing approvals. Current researchers have until then to complete the GRP training ahead of the deadline.
Important: You MUST be present for the entire session to receive completion credit.
Attendance will be taken.
a. GRP Part I and Part II = PREFERRED FOR EVERYONE. Completion of GRP Part I and Part II will fulfill the GRP training requirement for ANY researcher. Each part is approximately 2 hours. You may register to complete both parts separately. The sessions may be taken out-of-order.
b. Alternative GRP Course = the Non-Clinical option. The Alternative GRP Option consists of ONE 2-hour session. Completion of this Alternative GRP Course will fulfill the GRP training requirement ONLY FOR individuals who are WORKING on studies that DO NOT INCLUDE ANY clinical interventions with participants OR involve any participant’s medical records. Your decision to take this course should be based on whether the study’s procedures involve any clinical procedures NOT on the role you play on the study.
If you would like to arrange for a videotaped presentation for a specific group, we would consider bringing the training to you. The guidelines are that the session must be for 100 or more individuals and the host arranges for the following:
Please direct any questions you have about these changes to the Office for Research Compliance.