Yes. Presuming government agencies meet the applicable eligibility criteria and execute a Joinder Agreement, they or entities (such as NIH) may participate in the Agreement and rely on the IRB of another Participating Institution for review of research in which the agency is engaged or provide IRB review to other Participating Institutions through the agency’s IRB(s).
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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?