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May Listserv Announcement

Monday, May 2, 2016

Embracing flexibility in the regulations

The OIRB recently issued a policy that allows some flexibility when reviewing projects NOT funded by the federal government and projects that do NOT have an NIH Certificate of Confidentiality.  Highlights of this policy include:

  • New additional exempt review category #7
  • Extended approval periods (up to 2 years) for unfunded minimal risk faculty research projects (does not apply to student research)
  • Reduced reporting requirements to the federal government
  • No OHRP certification requirement for non-federally funded research with prisoners
  • No additional regulatory requirements for social behavioral minimal risk research involving pregnant women

In order to take advantage of these “flex” policies, you must submit to the IRB using the most current forms and templates, which have been modified to accommodate these changes.  The most current forms and templates can be found in the IRB Library on our website at:

We are very excited to roll out this policy as we get ready to submit this month for AAHRPP accreditation of UNM’s Human Research Protections Program.  If you have questions about this or any other OIRB policy, please contact our office at 277-2644 or

The OIRB is hiring!

We are looking for an administrator to join our team as a Research Compliance Support Coordinator.  This  position has recently been upgraded and is now open to qualified candidates: Please share the link if you know anyone who might be interested in this fast paced, entry level opportunity.