UAB Policy on IRB Consultants - IRB POL014

UAB Policy on IRB Consultants - IRB POL014

Reviews of various issues may require expertise not available within the IRB. This policy details the IRB's use of consultants under such circumstances.
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HRPP Document:     POL014
Effective Date:   3/30/07
Revision Date:  7/10/19
Review Date: ​7/10/19
Subject:  UAB Policy on IRB Consultants



The UAB IRB may, at its discretion, invite consultants to assist in review of issues which require expertise beyond or, in addition to, that available within the IRB. A consultant is an individual with competence in special areas. Review of research may benefit from advice by consultants in such areas as scientific knowledge of the research, experience with vulnerable populations, and knowledge of the research context among others. Whenever possible the IRB will identify consultants from within UAB or UAB-related entities. Consultants will be appointed by the IRB Chair (or designee). The IRB may authorize the Chair (or designee) to engage consultants. Consultants will be subject to the conflicting interest rules applicable to IRB members and will not vote with the IRB. The consultant will not be counted toward the quorum requirement. (See also: PRO114 Procedure for IRB Use of Consultants.)

Approved on July 10, 2019 by:

Christopher S. Brown, PhD
Vice President for Research

Ferdinand Urthaler, MD
IRB Chair

Adam J. McClintock, MBA, CIP
OIRB Director