Policies Governing Human Subjects’ Research

The University of Pennsylvania’s Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) are established and empowered under the authority of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. The University of Pennsylvania requires that all research projects that meet the definition of human participants’ research be reviewed and approved by one of the University of Pennsylvania’s IRBs prior to initiation of any research related activities.

Penn IRB Standard Operating Policies (SOP)

The purpose of the SOP is to outline the policies governing the conduct of human subjects’ research. Research teams should be familiar with these policies and reference them as needed.

Perelman School of Medicine Policies and Procedures

Perelman School of Medicine policies and procedures apply when research involves Penn Medicine patients and / or PSOM faculty. This includes research that is led by Faculty from non-Penn Medicine schools such as School of Nursing or SAS.

Supplemental IRB Policy Memos

IRB ICH GCP Compliance

This policy describes the Penn IRB’s position on compliance with ICH GCP.

IRB Electronic Signature Validation

This policy documents the validity of IRB staff and member electronic signatures.

IRB Membership Non-Disclosure Statement

This policy documents that the IRB does not disclose IRB membership lists to Sponsors.

IRB Stamp / Watermark Policy Statement

This policy documents what documents the IRB will stamp.

IRB Policy on Reporting Outcomes of Independent Safety Monitoring Reviews

IRB Policy on Expired Research

This policy documents IRB procedures surrounding late-submitted continuing reviews and research that has lapsed in approval.

IRB Policy on Document Lists

This policy documents when document lists are required from study teams for IRB letters.

IRB Meeting Dates & Study Expirations

This policy documents the alignment of expiration dates of new protocols as well as continuing reviews of protocols reviewed annually by Convened Committees with scheduled IRB meetings

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