Collaborations with Other Institutions

When UNH researchers collaborate with researchers at other institutions or organizations external to UNH, under certain conditions the UNH IRB may serve as the IRB of record for those institutions or organizations, or the UNH IRB may cede review to another IRB.  Either may be accomplished via the execution of an IRB Authorization Agreement (IAA) or via a reliance agreement executed via SMART IRB. UNH IRB staff work with UNH researchers wanting to set up such arrangements to determine whether the appropriate conditions exist, and whether the desired arrangements are appropriate for the study in question.

1. IAAs

For UNH to execute an IAA, either when serving as the IRB of record or when ceding review to another institution’s IRB:

  • An external institution/organization must have an active FWA with OHRP.
  • An eligible UNH researcher must agree to be the UNH PI of record, and accept responsibility for the protection of human subjects in the study.

In order for the UNH IRB to enter into an IAA with an external institution/organization to serve as the IRB of record, there must be an active UNH IRB file with the work of the external institution/organization described in the narrative.

When the UNH IRB cedes review to an external institution’s/organization’s IRB via an IAA, the UNH researcher must complete and submit to the UNH IRB:

Upon receipt of these documents and the executed IAA, the UNH IRB sets up an administrative file for the study and notifies the UNH researcher that UNH IRB approval has been granted to involve human subjects in the study.

2. SMART IRB

For UNH to enter into a reliance agreement via SMART IRB, either serving as the relied-upon IRB of record or when relying on another institution’s IRB for review:

  • An eligible UNH researcher must agree to be the UNH PI of record and accept responsibility for the protection of human subjects in the study.

When the UNH IRB relies upon an external institution’s/organization’s IRB via SMART IRB, the UNH researcher must complete and submit to the UNH IRB:

Upon receipt of these documents and documentation from SMART IRB about the finalization of the reliance agreement, the UNH IRB sets up an administrative file for the study and notifies the UNH researcher that UNH IRB approval has been granted to involve human subjects in the study.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Melissa McGee, Compliance Officer
Research Integrity Services
Service Building, Room 106B
51 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-2005
Email: melissa.mcgee@unh.edu

Julie Simpson, Director,
Research Integrity Services
Service Building Room 107
51 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-2003
Email: julie.simpson@unh.edu