Yes, under certain circumstances an institution that is not otherwise participating in the study, but is part of SMART IRB, may serve as the Reviewing IRB. This could happen, for example, in cases where the institution’s IRB:
- Has already been pre-determined by study sponsor or grant.
- Has already been established as the Reviewing IRB by prior arrangement (e.g., network central IRB).
- Is selected based on type of procedures to be performed, subject population, or other criteria.
- Is selected in order to avoid any conflict of interest.