Implementation and Transition to the New Rule


Implementation for New Studies

Exempt Studies: Exempt submissions should be submitted on the current forms under the Pre-2018 Rule through PittPRO.   Effective January 21, 2019, exemptions will be accepted on the new forms and will be processed under the Revised Rule.

New Expedited and Full Board studies processed after January 21, 2019 will need to be in compliance with the Revised Rule.  This includes protocols that are submitted to HRPO prior to January 21, 2019 but processed on or after that date.  


Transition for Existing Studies

Transition Steps:

  1. Determine the need for transition: either IRB requested or investigator anticipates transition based on the Decision Tree
  2. Utilize the Transition Action Form to determine changes to be made
  3. Open modification in OSIRIS or PittPRO
  4. Specify the reason in the modification cover sheet: transition to Revised Rule
  5. Make necessary change and submit

Existing studies that require full board review will be assessed at the time of continuing review or modification to determine if compliance with the Revised Rule will be required.  The IRB will make this determination based on the nature and content of the study.  Investigators conducting studies that include specimen collection, banking procedures or whole genome sequencing should be prepared, at a minimum, to include certain language in line with the Revised Rule. Please refer to the Decision Tree to get an idea of what studies will be required to fully comply with the Revised Rule. 

Expedited studies and continuing review: When the Revised Rule goes into effect, certain expedited studies will no longer be required to renew annually.  All studies need to be submitted to HRPO at the upcoming renewal date.  HRPO will determine if the study will need to be submitted for Continuing Review in the future.  Please refer to the Continuing Review Table for guidance on what may or may not be required to comply.