As of May 21, 2021, Research Resumption has moved into Phase III. More details are online here: https://research.upenn.edu/resources/resumption/phase3.
As noted in the link above, "centralized approval of research or resumption plans is not required; however, a school may elect to maintain its own policies regarding research activity." Please check with your school representatives to ensure you are compliant with local policies.
Research at Penn and in the Greater Philadelphia area
The IRB expects Penn research teams to continue to follow any applicable and current federal and state guidelines, as well as local guidelines set forth by the City of Philadelphia, the University and associated Schools on the folllowing:
- Disinfecting high-touch surfaces and common areas they use
- Physical distancing from others
- Symptom screening
Researchers should be prepared to respond to potential cycles in community transmission and local government directives, as well as University alerts, therefore, potential short-notice quarantines that would require ramp-downs of activity in labs, floors, and buildings should be anticipated.
Non-Local / International Research
The location in which the research is taking place will be relevant to the physical risk to participants depending on the local current transmission rate. Depending on the location, the IRB expects Penn research teams to follow any applicable and current country, state/province, and locality guidelines.
COVID-19 Information Sheet
COVID-19 is a risk of daily life. The COVID-19 Information Sheet is no longer required to be used, but is available for anyone who would like to use it. The information sheet has been updated to reflect the availability of vaccines. Download the 2021 version here.