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October 20, 2020

Ukrainian Language short form consent forms now available

Our collection of short form consent forms has grown by one new addition — Ukrainian translations of the adult and pediatric short forms consents. That brings us up to four foreign languages total — Spanish, Marshallese, French, and Ukrainian, plus the English short form if you need to create a quick translation into a language…


October 9, 2020

Updated prisoners-in-research policy now posted

An updated IRB Policy 17.9, Prisoners in Research, is now available on the IRB’s policies website. The policy changes include clarifying what kind of studies involving prisoners the IRB can approve. In looking closely at the OHRP regulations and the kinds of research we do here, and after consulting with OHRP,  we became aware of…


October 2, 2020

HIPAA for non-English speakers

Federal regulations and UAMS IRB practices require informed consent information to be in language understandable to the subject. While there has been much debate about what, exactly, “understandable to the subject” means, we generally assume it to mean that people who don’t speak English well should have consent information presented to them in a language…


Updated IRB Policy 4.6, IRB Staff Responsibilities, now posted

The IRB has updated its Policy 4.6, now titled “IRB Staff Responsibilities.” This policy describes the work of the IRB office staff and its role in promoting the rights, safety, and welfare of human research subjects. Give it a read to get a better idea of how the staff spends it workdays.  


September 30, 2020

TRI Virtual Conference — Connecting While Complying

All are invited to join us for UAMS’ first regulatory compliance conference for researchers and study teams, hosted by the Translational Research Institute.  “Connecting while Complying” is a virtual conference scheduled for the mornings of October 27 and 28. Quincy Byrdsong, Ed.D., executive director of Research Administration at Wellstar Research Institute, is scheduled to be…


September 29, 2020

Simplifying the whole clean/tracked/stacking thing

Uploading clean and tracked-changes documents in CLARA takes up a lot of time that’s better devoted to getting research reviewed, approved, and completed. So, here’s some news regarding IRB submissions: You can avoid having to upload both clean and tracked-changes copies of documents you submit if you use the track-changes function in Microsoft Word to…


September 17, 2020

French short form consent template now available

The IRB has added French translations of its short form consent forms to the IRB’s website. These templates can be used to create study-specific short form consents when non-English-speaking potential subjects are unexpectedly encountered. Spanish, Marshallese, and French short form templates for adult subjects and for parents of research subjects who are minors are now…


August 28, 2020

New templates and a new checklist now available

We’ve made some important changes to our protocol and consent form templates, and the new versions are now available on the Templates, Training, Tools page on our website. The revised consent form template revises some language to improve readability, and to correct some inaccurate template language that we’re always sending contingencies about. The updated protocol…


August 26, 2020

Still more updated IRB policies

“When will the IRB run out of policies to update?” you may be asking yourself by now. Well, pretty much never — regulations, best practices, and accreditation standards keep changing, and we need to keep on keeping up. The latest revised and updated policies are: 2.3, Use of Single/Central IRBs. As we keep learning more…


August 21, 2020

When privacy and technology collide

The IRB has had some heated discussions about genetic testing done now, and also the potential for future testing of stored biological specimens. This article from the Los Angeles Times delves into issues we’ve discussed before on the blog — the use of genetic information made available by people who voluntarily use publicly available genetic…



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