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IRB Liaisons

What is an IRB liaison?

An IRB liaison (or department representative) is responsible for administratively reviewing all initial applications prior to their submission to the IRB for review. This includes ensuring that the following is included in a protocol prior to submitting to the IRB: appropriate signatures, all required documents, and proper training records.


What does an IRB liaison look for during the review?

The review of an IRB liaison includes ensuring that all necessary components of your initial application are complete. Please use this checklist to ensure that all required items are included prior to sharing the project with your IRB liaison.


Why do I need my IRB liaison?

By conducting an administrative review of the submitted documents, the IRB liaison review can facilitate a quicker turnover from submission to approval. When components of applications are missing, the time it takes to approve a project significantly increases.

PLEASE NOTE: The liaison is not required to sign any subsequent amendments or continuing reviews.


When should I share my project with my IRB liaison?

Please do not share your project with your Department Liaison until the package is ready for review. 

A package is considered ready for review when it includes all of the following: both completed Application Forms (Part 1 and Part 2), the linked CITI Training records for all investigators, copies of all supporting documents (such as consent forms, advertisements, survey questions, etc), and all other required signatures. 

PLEASE NOTE: The IRB suggests that researchers send their Department Liaison a message (either through IRBNet or via email) once the project is shared with the Liaison and is considered ready for review.


What if my department does not have a liaison?

If you do not see an IRB liaison listed for your department, please contact your Department Chair to act in this role for your submission. If a department wishes to add or change an IRB liaison, please contact Jenn Blackburn.

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