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August Listserv Announcement

Monday, August 7, 2017

The OIRB has been keeping busy this summer and we have several important announcements to share:

Guidance on NIH Certificates of Confidentiality

The OIRB has created a guidance (available in the IRB Library) about obtaining and maintaining a Certificate of Confidentiality (COC) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This document includes considerations and IRB requirements related to obtaining a COC (timeline to submit COC applications) as well as sample confidentiality language that can be included in the participant consent form.

Change in Research Data Retention Requirements

We have recently revised our data retention requirements related to human research records and IRB related documents to be in line with changes in state law.  The retention period is now 3 years (previously 5 years) unless the research pertains to historical and cultural resource management.  Please remember to check sponsor or other relevant laws (e.g. HIPAA) to determine whether longer retention periods apply to your specific research project. We are currently updating IRB policies and letters to reflect this change.

Research Compliance OPEN HOUSE

The UNM Office of Research & Compliance office is proud to host the 3rd annual Research Compliance OPEN HOUSE in the SUB Atrium on September 14, 2017 from 9:30 – 11:30am. We have expanded the event to include representatives from 9 research compliance offices from both main and north campuses including:

  • Office of the IRB

  • Office of Animal Care and Compliance

  • Conflict of Interest Office

  • Biohazard Compliance Office

  • Export Control

  • Industrial Security

  • Data Security/Library Services

  • Radiation Safety Office

  • Safety and Risk Services

  • Academic Integrity & Research Ethics Office

Please use this opportunity to stop by to meet research compliance staff, ask questions and enjoy some refreshments!

OIRB Fall Workshop Series

The OIRB fall workshop series have been scheduled for September and October (see event calendar).  These workshops cover a variety of important information about IRB submission and review including human research protection regulations, submission elements, writing an IRB protocol and consent form and navigating the IRBNet submission database.  We are also offering a new workshop this fall – “Common Mistakes” that delay IRB approval.  Space is limited so reserve your space today by emailing IRBmaincampus@unm.edu and telling us which workshops you would like to attend.

Department Outreach

As always, the OIRB welcomes the opportunity to visit your department during a faculty meeting, student gathering, or class to provide information and answer questions about the IRB review process.  Please see the attached flyer and contact us to reserve a date for us to visit your class or meeting this fall.

Busy Fall in the OIRB

Just a reminder that the fall is one of the busiest times of the year for the OIRB as we see a significant increase in submissions during the month of September.  Remember to plan ahead and get your projects submitted early for quicker turnaround times.

Forms, Policies, Templates

The OIRB website was recently updated and contains all of most current forms, policies, templates and guidance.  Please ALWAYS refer to the website for the most current versions of submission documents when submitting to the IRB: http://irb.unm.edu/.

Thank you and have a great semester!