Once my institution has registered and signed the Joinder Agreement, can it begin participating in review and reliance activities immediately?
No. Although the Joinder Agreement will establish an Effective Date for the institution’s participation in SMART IRB (which will be the date the institution’s authorized official/signatory executes the Joinder Agreement), an institution’s participation must be activated. Activation involves confirmation by SMART IRB administration that the executed and submitted Joinder Agreement is actually coming from the institution identified in the Joinder Agreement and appears to meet the eligibility criteria. Once that is confirmed, the institution will be activated to participate in ceded reviews.