No. An institution that does not have an IRB may participate in SMART IRB to rely on the IRB of another Participating Institution for review of research in which the first institution is engaged. However, the institution that does not have an IRB may not provide review of research for other Participating Institutions. Note that if your institution normally relies on the IRB of another institution for review, and you (or another institution) wish to use that IRB for the review of research covered under the SMART IRB Agreement, then that institution would also need to join SMART IRB.
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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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