IRB Administrator Boot Camp

Orlando, FL | September 9-11, 2019

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IRB Administrator Boot Camp offers in-person, hands-on learning specifically designed to help IRB administrators in their day-to-day work within their human research protection program (HRPP). Attendees will strengthen their skills and learn strategies for successfully carrying out responsibilities related to IRB oversight—all in a small group setting that allows for meaningful peer-to-peer collaboration.

The IRB Administrator Boot Camp program consists of two short courses—IRB Administrator 101 and 201—held over the course of three days. Join us for one or both!


IRB Administrator 101

September 9, 8:30 AM–4:00 PM
September 10, 8:00 AM–11:30 AM (please note the workshop begins at 8:00 AM on September 10)

Nancy A. Olson, JD
Ada Sue Selwitz, MA

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IRB Administrator 101 is a one-and-a-half day program that provides a holistic look at the many functions and components of an HRPP.

A portion of the program will utilize peer review with the goal of improving local documentation.

Attendees must bring a hard copy of the following:

The first page of IRB minutes and redacted review for two studies (approximately 3 pages).

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.

IRB Administrator 201

September 10, 12:30–4:00 PM
September 11, 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? IRB Administrator 201 will provide 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 successfully carry 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 a hard copy of the following:

Your institution's standard operating procedure (SOP) for expedited review

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, and choose solutions that apply ethical principles and applicable federal regulations to these questions
  • Identify administrative issues critical to IRB operations in the current regulatory environment, and apply solutions to these issues
  • Document IRB activities (e.g., 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 prerequisite for this course, it is recommended that learners have an understanding of the functions and components of an 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.



If you are not yet a PRIM&R member, we encourage you to join today, and take advantage of your very first membership benefit—discounted registration to this event! As a PRIM&R member, you'll enjoy registration fee discounts, as well as a variety of member benefits designed to engage and enrich your professional life.

IRB Administrator 101 Only
(September 9-10, 2019)
This course is 1.5 days
(3/5/19 – 8/8/19)
(8/9/19 – 9/11/19)
PRIM&R Member* $439 $489
Nonmember $638 $688
Registration + PRIM&R Membership $638 $688
IRB Administrator 201 Only
(September 10-11, 2019)
This course is 1.5 days
(3/5/19 – 8/8/19)
(8/9/19 – 9/11/19)
PRIM&R Member* $439 $489
Nonmember $638 $688
Registration + PRIM&R Membership $638 $688
IRB Administrator 101 and 201
(September 9-11, 2019)
Total Boot Camp is 3 days
(3/5/19 – 8/8/19)
(8/9/19 – 9/11/19)
PRIM&R Member* $830 $880
Nonmember $1,029 $1,079
Registration + PRIM&R Membership $1,029 $1,079

* Regular rates end at 11:59 PM ET on August 8, 2019; late rates go into effect at 12:00 AM ET on August 9, 2019 and end on September 11, 2019. Registration will close once course room capacity is reached.

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PRIM&R welcomes attendees of the IRB Administrator Boot Camp to Orlando, FL! This workshop will take place at the DoubleTree Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld*. Visit the hotel’s website for more information on hotel amenities, on-site dining, resort map, parking, and more. Get more information on the local area and transportation options, as well as discounts on local attractions (restaurants, theme parks, etc.). PRIM&R is delighted to be participating in a local “Show Your Badge” program.

*While it trades on the SeaWorld name and proximity, the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld® is not affiliated with SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., which will receive no direct benefit from the conference. As a leading voice in advancing the responsible use and care of animals involved in research, PRIM&R aims to highlight this opportunity to engage the community in a dialogue about animal attraction facilities such as zoos and aquariums.


DoubleTree Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld

10100 International Drive
Orlando, Florida, 32821
TEL: 407-352-1100

Rates (available until August 19 at 5:00 PM ET or until sold out):
Single/Double Occupancy $109+$10 resort fee+tax
US Federal Government rate (must show valid Federal Government or Military ID at check-in) $122+$10 resort fee+tax

Reservations: Registrants are required to make and pay for their hotel reservations.

  • Book online
  • Call 407-352-1100 and reference the PRIM&R IRB Administrator Boot Camp (for per diem rooms, note that you need the room rate within the PRIM&R IRB Administrator Boot Camp block)

Guest Internet: Free wireless internet is available in all guestrooms and in the workshop meeting space.

Hotel Billing and Cancellation Policies: A credit card is required in order to hold each guest's reservation. Such guarantee shall serve to confirm the reservation for the dates indicated.

Cancellation policies may vary depending on the rate or dates of your reservation. Please refer to your reservation confirmation to verify your cancellation policy. If you need further assistance, call the hotel directly or contact customer service.


How do I receive continuing education credit for attending a workshop or boot camp?

A Certificate of Attendance is available at the conclusion of the workshop, after completion of the online evaluation. The evaluation is emailed to all registrants after the workshop ends. Certificates of Attendance may be used for obtaining continuing education (CE) credits (not Continuing Medical Education credits) from professional associations. Note that guidelines concerning CE credits may differ, and you should consult the appropriate professional association representative for further guidance.

How do I pay for my registration?

Payment in full is required prior to the start of the program.

  • Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express) are accepted via online registration or the registration form.
  • Purchase Orders (POs) are accepted during online registration. In order to complete registration, the PO must be sent via fax (617.423.1185) or mail to our payment address, and must be received at least three weeks before the workshop or boot camp. If your PO is not received by this date, your registration will be canceled. Once your registration has been completed, you are responsible for requesting the payment indicated on the PO from the appropriate department at your institution.
  • Checks are accepted using the workshop or boot camp registration form. Your check and registration form must be received at our payment address at least three weeks before the workshop of boot camp in order for your registration to be processed.
  • Payments requiring a signature upon delivery cannot be sent to our P.O. Box. If you need a signature upon receipt of payment, please send your registration materials to PRIM&R at 20 Park Plaza, Suite 720, Boston, MA 02116.
  • Wire transactions and ACH transfers are accepted. If your institution is making payment via wire or ACH transfer, the beneficiary field of the instructions must include either the name(s) or invoice number(s) of the registrant(s) for whom the wire or ACH transfer is paying, in order to be properly credited. Your registration cannot be processed until proof of payment, along with your registration form, is received via fax to 617.423.1185.
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How do I cancel/substitute my workshop or boot camp registration?

Once you register for the workshop or boot camp, you are responsible for all fees (regardless of whether you attend) unless you cancel according to the following policy:

  • Cancellations can only be made by completing the cancellation form and sending it, either by email, fax, or mail, so it arrives at the PRIM&R office address at least three weeks before the workshop or boot camp, August 19.
  • For cancellations submitted by August 19, refunds will be issued within 60 days of the program's conclusion, minus a processing fee of $75 (members) or $100 (nonmembers), via the same method used for payment (i.e., if payment is made by check, the refund will be made by check). Credit card refunds will be made to the card used for the original registration only.
  • • Registrants who do not attend the program, and do not contact PRIM&R in writing to cancel their participation before the deadline, are responsible in full for their fees. This policy applies even if a colleague registers you for the conference.
  • Refunds will not be issued for PRIM&R membership fees. Registrants adding PRIM&R membership during registration will continue to keep their memberships for a one year term even if they cancel their event registration according to the terms detailed in the cancellation policy. 
  • Once the cancellation form has been processed, you will receive a confirmation email.
  • Cancellation form
  • Substitution form
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When will the electronic materials be available?

Materials for this course will be available electronically one week prior to the event. 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 PRIM&R with your personal email address instead.

If you don't receive the link and password to the materials one week prior to the event, please contact Ashley Savannah.

Printed materials will not be provided and attendees may or may not have access to free printing while on-site, so it is highly recommended that you print and/or download your materials prior to attending the workshop. It is also recommended that attendees bring paper and pen and/or a fully charged laptop to take notes.

Please email if you have additional questions.