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Welcome to the website for the Institutional Review Board for Health Sciences Research (IRB-HSR) at the University of Virginia (UVa). The IRB-HSR is responsible for reviewing all medically related research involving human subjects conducted by UVa faculty, employees and students. 

The IRB-HSR also serves as the HIPAA Privacy Board for research involving Protected Health Information (PHI).

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Getting Started Protocol Review Process

Managing Protocol After Initial Approval Special Issues

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Virginia IRB Consortium Conference
Registration is now open for the 2016 Virginia IRB Consortium Conference which will be held at UVA on September 30th. This years’ conference will focus on single IRB review and other proposed rule changes. There is no fee to attend however registration is required; due September 16th.
Agenda and Registration Forms

New Website Page: Coming to UVa?
A new website page has been added to the IRB-HSR website especially for new faculty members coming to UVa. Please share with any new faculty in your department who will be involved in research.
Coming to UVA?

Updated Data Security Plan
The Data Security Plan template has been updated in Protocol Builder. We hope the revised template will alleviate some confusion with the questions in the template. In addition, the IRB staff has modified the process for ISPRO review. The pre-review process by the IRB-HSR staff will now determine if review by ISPRO is required. If required, the IRB-HSR staff will forward the protocol to ISPRO for review. A protocol may also now be put on the full board agenda if the ISPRO approval is pending.

A Second IRB-HSR Panel
A second IRB-HSR panel (IRB-HSR # 3) has been formed to handle review of full board continuations and submissions requiring rapid/emergency review. This will allow more review time for IRB-HSR # 1 to review new full board protocols. Information about the board may be found at FWA Information and membership lists are available at IRB-HSR Membership Lists. Please list both IRB-HSR#1 and IRB-HSR# 3 as a UVA IRB that may review the protocol.

Protocol Builder and IRB Online No Longer Compatible with Internet Explorer
Due to recent changes made by Internet Explorer documents created by Protocol Builder no longer save correctly as word docs. Documents are created correctly as word docs if using Firefox or Safari as your internet browser.

Protocol Builder /IRB Online behind NETBADGE
Protocol Builder and IRB Online are now behind Netbadge at Unless you log out access is valid for 8 hours. You no longer need a separate password from IRB Online. An eservices digital certificate and UVa Anywhere VPN is required to access IRB Online off grounds. Need help? Contact UVA Help Desk or ITS website

A-Z Index replaces Research Guide
The IRB-HSR Research Guide has been replaced by an A-Z Index. The A-Z Index may be accessed from the main header at the top of the page on the IRB-HSR Website found at

Personnel Designation Reminder- The following personnel designations will receive emails regarding a protocol. A person does not need to be listed multiple times in any of these positions in order to receive the emails: Principal Investigator, Study Coordinator I, Study Coordinator II, IRB Coordinator, Department Contact (this person may not have access to subjects or their identifiable data)

(Last update 03/31/2016)

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