If my institution participates in SMART IRB, can it still participate in other IRB reliance agreements, including with other Participating Institutions?
Yes. Participation in SMART IRB does not preclude participation in any other IRB reliance agreement or arrangement with any other entity, including with other institutions that are also participating in SMART IRB. Although institutions may wish to consider switching to the SMART IRB Agreement to cover their existing reliance relationships, or those going forward, there is no requirement to do so. Institutions that participate in multiple reliance agreements with the same institutions should communicate with one another in advance of ceding review for any research study about which agreement they are using to cover and document the reliance for that research.
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