IRB Chair and Vice Chair Training

Initial Education and Orientation

All newly appointed IRB Chairs and Vice Chairs, who were not currently members of the IRB, are required to undergo the initial orientation as outlined in the section entitled Education and Training –IRB Committee Members.

Newly appointed IRB Chairs and Vice Chairs receive training and support respective to the duties and functions of the position.  This training and support will be provided by the IRB Chair, the other current IRB Vice Chairs, Director, Associate Director, and the HRPO staff.

The IRB Chair or Associate Director are required to attend all IRB meetings overseen by the newly appointed Vice Chair until such time that the latter individual has achieved an appropriate level of experience and comfort with this position.

In addition to the courses noted above, Vice Chairs are required to complete the following training modules:

  • Good Clinical Practice;
  • Conflict of Interest

Continuing Education

The IRB Vice Chairs meet on a monthly basis to discuss issues relevant to human subject protections.

IRB Vice Chairs will receive, on an ongoing basis, continuing education related to human subject protection issues and requirements.

  • Every month, the IRB Chair and Associate Director will identify a topic to be reviewed at each scheduled committee meeting. In order to ensure consistency with the information provided to the IRB Vice Chairs and Committee members, the Associate Director or designee will make a presentation at the beginning of each meeting. The content will be recorded in the minutes for the meeting as well as the members present at the meeting.
  • The IRB Chair, Director, Associate Director, and HRPO staff are routinely available to address any questions or concerns of the IRB Vice Chairs. IRB Vice Chairs are provided access to reference materials and research protocol files maintained within HRPO as such  access may relate to their functions as an IRB member.