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Learn About Upcoming Changes to the Common Rule and IRB

The Common Rule is the primary text guiding the protection of human subjects in research and how an Institutional Review Board (IRB) operates. Federal agencies that have adopted this policy are implementing revisions to the Common Rule on Jan. 21, 2019.  Changes include:

New/updated terms

New/revised exempt categories

Informed consent requirements

“Clinical trial” definition and requirements

The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) will hold information sessions this fall to share details on these changes and how they will impact you and our IRB processes and forms. Each of the following sessions will cover the same content:

Sept. 19 – 3 p.m.

Sept. 27 – 11 a.m.

Oct. 3 – 10 a.m.

Oct. 9 – 2 p.m.

Sign up to attend Revised Common Rule info sessions.

If you cannot make one of the sessions, please visit the Revised Common Rule webpage to learn more.  You can also request ORC to speak with your class or department about these changes by contacting