Monday, January 28, 2019

"Just the Facts": 2 Months into the New eIRB

Many of you know, on November 29, 2018, the joint IRB system went live for research at both MedStar Health and Georgetown University. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of the process in implementing and launching this new system. Many of you saw the blog post last week from Amy Loveland, who shared here positive experience as a user of this new system. In response, some of you asked about the 'stats' or 'facts' of the new IRB system, so we thought it good to share it here.

MHRI has held three IRB meetings since go-live and the current turnaround time is less than 30 days for all IRB decisions. Over 100 items have been or are being submitted for review. This includes 57 new studies not previously reviewed and 66 items (new protocols, modifications and continuation requests) currently in review.  

All new submissions for IRB reviews, including modifications and continuing review of active projects must be submitted through the new platform at  If you do not have a MedStar ID or Huron login, you must request one to obtain access to the system.  Please continue to provide us with your feedback and keep us aware of any trouble you may be experiencing.

To learn more information, including training material, policies, templates and quick reference guides, please visit here.

Should you have any questions, please contact the ORI helpdesk

These are great statistics for the launch of the new system and none of that would be possible without the dedicated teams at ORI, IT, research operations, collaboration with Georgetown, communications, regulatory coordinators, compliance and many, MANY volunteers from the research team -  THANK YOU ALL!!!

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