New IRB System to go live November 29, 2018

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This fall, a joint IRB system will go live for research at both institutions, replacing existing IRB systems (eRIC and InfoEd). Starting on Thursday, November 29, 2018, the new GeorgetownMedStar IRB System will better support our rapidly expanding research enterprises. After reviewing several options, faculty and staff from GU and MedStar recommended adoption of a system widely used by many of our peer institutions, provided by Huron, a market leader in IRB systems software.

As a state­-of­-the-­art program, the Georgetown­MedStar IRB system has an intuitive user interface, shorter applications and improved system stability, which will lead to an easier, more satisfying investigator experience. In addition, the system will bring us into compliance with changes to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (45 CFR, Part 46), also known as the “Common Rule.” It will also reduce the regulatory burden on all human subject researchers at GU and MedStar, ensuring robust protection for research participants.

We are working hard to make the transition process as seamless as possible. You will receive future communications from your institution’s IRB Office with specific information regarding training, system rollout and transition of existing protocols to the new joint IRB system.

The academic partnership between Georgetown University and MedStar Health continues to evolve and flourish. We thank you for your support in this ongoing growth as we modernize our joint research infrastructure.

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