FAQs

FAQs

FAQs

IRB Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are provided here organized by general topic.  Click on a Topic at right to view the FAQs in that category.  To view the Answer portion of the FAQ, simply click on the question, and the answer will slide into view. 
 
  • About the IRB
    • About the IRB: How often does the IRB meet?

    • Do I need IRB approval to interview people or observe their behavior?

    • How do I determine which review process is right for a project?

    • How will the IRB review my research?

    • What is the "Common Rule?"

    • What is the IRB?

    • What kinds of studies are common at UAB?

    • Who makes up the IRB?

    • Who will review my research?

    • Why does the title of my protocol have to match the title of the funding application?

    • Why is my research subject to review by the IRB?

    • Will I be paid to participate?

  • Advertisements
    • Do audio, video, print ads have to be approved by the IRB?

    • When the IRB reviews a study, do they review for compliance with other (non-IRB) UAB requirements?

  • Approvals
    • When does the "renewal clock" start ticking on my approval?

    • Who must obtain advance approval if humans are proposed as subjects of research?

  • Compliance
  • Consent
  • Copies
  • Datasets
  • Definitions
    • For purposes of human subjects protection, how is research defined?

    • How do we assure someone is the participant’s “legally authorized representative?"

    • What does minimal risk mean?

    • What is a "phase" in a clinical trial, and which one am I in?

    • What is a human subject?

  • Exemption
  • Expedited
    • Besides the application form, what else do I need to include with my application for Expedited Review?

    • Why does an expedited review take as long as a full review?

  • FDA (Drugs, Devices)
    • Must I submit an investigator’s brochure to the IRB when the IRB is reviewing an investigational drug study?

    • What is an IDE?

    • What is an IND?

  • Participants
    • What are the risks of participating in a study?

    • What if I don't want to enroll in the study?

    • What if I want or need to stop participating?

    • What kinds of studies are common at UAB?

    • Whom can I ask a question about the study?

    • Will I be paid to participate?

    • Will it cost me any money to participate in a trial?

  • Reporting
    • Do I need to report to the IRB when a study has been completed?

  • Training
    • Do I get CME or Nursing Contact Hours for IRB training?

    • Do I have to have a BlazerID to do IRB training?

    • Does a person have to be a UAB employee or student to do IRB training?

    • Does training for OH&S, Effort Reporting, or HIPAA count as IRB training?

    • How do I complete (or update) IRB training?

    • I can't find my old IRB training certificate. Can I get another copy?

    • I completed initial IRB training, but it lapsed, so what should I do?

    • I completed training, so why haven't I received my certificate from the IRB?

    • My name isn't listed in RA Workspace, so how can I check my training?

    • What are my username and password for the online course?

    • What other training is required?

    • When do I have to update my IRB training?

    • Which IRB training course should I take?

    • Who should complete UAB IRB training?

    • Why is IRB training required?