IRBchoice was originally established as IRBshare in 2012 by Vanderbilt University as part of a project to explore novel IRB models for efficient multisite review. After expanding several times, the program was renamed IRBchoice in 2015 to support and promote the use of single IRB review.
"The IRBchoice model simplifies the process for institutions to rely on a single IRB for multisite studies, which helps to make industry sponsored and federally funded research more efficient and more consistent," said Rebecca Ballard, Institutional Official and Vice President of Compliance and Board Operations at Schulman IRB. "Given the ongoing regulatory push toward single IRB review, the IRBchoice model makes a lot of sense. We at Schulman are excited to collaborate with and learn from IRBchoice members."
"As the first independent IRB to join IRBchoice, Schulman IRB can offer unique perspectives and capabilities for the network," said Todd Rice, MD, MSc, IRBchoice Principal Investigator. "We look forward to working with Schulman to further grow the efficiencies IRBchoice provides institutional partners."
IRBchoice allows IRBs to customize reliance preferences on a study-by-study basis, generating study-specific instructions to help maintain compliance and facilitating transparency between IRBs to support best practices, shared expertise, and increased consistency. A full list of participating institutions may be found at irbchoice.org.
About Schulman IRB
Schulman IRB has been a leader in the protection of human research participants in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada since 1983. Schulman offers thorough, timely IRB review services – including dedicated review capabilities for all phases of research across all therapeutic areas – to clinical trial sponsors, CROs, investigators and institutions. Schulman also provides global consulting services, offering comprehensive solutions to maximize the protection of human subjects and improve overall quality standards for clinical studies and data integrity. Fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), Schulman has an unparalleled clean audit history with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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