Yes. Under the Agreement, independent IRBs are referred to as “IRB Organizations.” These organizations may participate in the Agreement to provide IRB review to other Participating Institutions if they meet the applicable eligibility criteria (the second and fourth of the criteria noted in the eligibility criteria question above) and execute a Joinder Agreement. As the term “IRB Organization” is used in the Agreement, it refers to organizations that only provide IRB review (and do not themselves conduct research); therefore, for purposes of the Agreement, an institution that is an IRB Organization may not have, and is not required to have, an FWA.
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- Do affiliated institutions that are legally separate but covered under a single FWA need to join SMART IRB individually?
- If one institution provides IRB review for several affiliated but legally separate institutions do all institutions need to join individually?
- If my institution’s FWA specifies that we rely on the IRB of another legally separate institution, do both institutions need to join SMART IRB?
- If a group of affiliated institutions with separate FWAs (e.g., a university-hospital system) wants to participate in SMART IRB, can one member of the group join on behalf of all?
- Does my institution need to have an IRB in order to participate in SMART IRB?
- Can government agencies that conduct or review research participate in SMART IRB?
- Can independent IRBs (not affiliated with an institution) participate in SMART IRB?
- Who determines whether a Participating Institution meets the eligibility criteria?
- What are the SMART IRB eligibility criteria?
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