Study resources considered when approving research

When approving research, the IRB has to find that research risks are minimized by using procedures consistent with sound research design. One consideration in that determination is whether adequate resources are available to safely carry out research procedures and to protect data confidentiality. The resources of interest to the IRB can include adequate space and equipment, sufficient numbers of adequately trained staff, and appropriate data storage.

Study teams — Submissions should address the number of staffers and their responsibilities and training and should include a description of where study activities will occur.

Reviewers — When looking at these studies, see if the available resources sound appropriate, if something needs to be changed to minimize potential risks, or if we need more information to be able to determine whether that criterion is met.