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Institutional Review Board (IRB) Administrator 101

April 6, 8:30 AM–4:00 PM
April 7, 8:00 AM–11:30 AM
Susan Z. Kornetsky, MPH
Ada Sue Selwitz, MA

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IRB Administrator 101 is a one-and-a-half day program that provides a holistic look into the many functions and components of a human research protection program (HRPP).

What Will I Learn?

After attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the primary responsibilities of IRB administrators and staff
  • Implement strategies and policies for creating a culture of compliance and ethical responsibility
  • Discuss methods for ensuring administrators and staff support, improve, and strengthen your HRPP

Who Should Attend?

This program is ideal for new administrators, new chairs with administrative responsibilities, new institutional officials, those in need of a "refresher" course, and anyone interested in learning more about IRB operations.

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Administrator 201

April 7, 12:30–4:00 PM
April 8, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM
Susan Z. Kornetsky, MPH
Ada Sue Selwitz, MA

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Are you asking the right questions? Are you identifying and implementing the best solutions? Attend the IRB Administrator 201 course, and learn a framework to ensure you have the knowledge, skills, and strategies to address questions like:

  • Where do I fit into the IRB and how does the IRB fit into my HRPP?
  • How do I implement effective communication pathways between stakeholders and the HRPP?
  • Which projects require IRB review?
  • When can informed consent or documentation thereof be waived?
  • What questions should I be asking the principal investigator?
  • What are the important elements of an IRB reliance agreement and how do I implement and track them?

This one-and-a-half day course will provide knowledge to address issues, strategies an IRB administrator and chair can implement, and skills needed to be successful in carrying out responsibilities related to IRB oversight. IRB Administrator 201 serves as an intermediate level course complementing the introductory IRB Administrator 101* course.
A portion of the program will utilize peer review with the goal of improving local documentation. Attendees must bring two hard copies of the following:

  • Your institution's standard operating procedure (SOP) for expedited review
  • The first page of IRB minutes and redacted review for two studies (approximately three pages)

What Will I Learn?

After attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Develop a framework to analyze questions faced in the day-to-day operation of the IRB/REC, and choose solutions that apply ethical principles and applicable federal regulations to these questions
  • Identify administrative issues critical to IRB/REC operations in the current regulatory environment, and apply solutions to these issues
  • Document IRB activities (e.g., minutes, SOPs) to meet federal and HRPP requirements

Who Should Attend?

This program is ideal for mid-level IRB administrators, IRB chairs with administrative responsibilities, and anyone interested in learning more about advanced IRB operations.

*While attendance at IRB Administrator 101 is not a pre-requisite for this course, it is recommended that learners have an understanding of the functions and components of a HRPP that are covered in an introductory level course prior to attending IRB Administrator 201, including: key components of HRPPs, responsibilities of administrators, and strategies and policies attendees can use to develop and/or strengthen their institution's HRPP. IRB Administrator 201 is an intermediate-level course and 3-5 years prior experience is needed.

Electronic Materials

Materials for this course will be available electronically 1-2 weeks prior to the event. Printed materials will not be provided. Links to access materials online will be sent to the email address we have in our system from If you believe your institution will block email messages from, please add this email address to your safe sender list, or provide your personal email address instead.
Please note that if you wish to have hard copies of these materials, you must print them prior to attending the workshop. Additionally, please bring paper and pen and/or a fully charged laptop to take notes. There may or may not be a place to print for free while onsite and it's highly recommended that you print and/or download these materials prior to attending the workshop.
If you don't receive the link and password to the materials by April 3, 2017, please contact