From: Vice President for Research and Innovation

A new policy issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) regarding the use of single institutional review boards (sIRB) took effect, Jan.25.

This new NIH sIRB policy streamlines the review process by using a single IRB of record for multi-site studies using the same protocol. The policy effects multi-site grant applications with due dates on or after January 25, 2018, and all solicitations starting January 25, 2018. This policy is expected to improve system-wide efficiency, while maintaining human subjects’ protection. At this time, many universities are not yet in a position to manage the IRB review of multi-site studies, particularly for studies that involve a large number of sites or complex studies.

The Virginia Tech IRB will not be able to serve as the sIRB for multi-site studies. The IRB will work with principle investigators to choose from several alternative options, including the use of approved independent or commercial IRB’s.

To view updated Virginia Tech guidance regarding Single Institutional Review Boards, click here. For more information on selecting an alternate sIRB, click here.