IRB Administrator Boot Camp

Chicago, IL | October 17-19, 2018

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—over the course of three days; join us for one or both!

IRB Administrator 101

October 17, 8:30 AM–4:00 PM
October 18, 8:00 AM–11:30 AM

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 into the many functions and components of an 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.

CIP Credit labelIRB Administrator 201

October 18, 12:30–4:00 PM
October 19, 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 IRB Administrator 201 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 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 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 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.

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Electronic Materials

Materials for this course will be available electronically 1-2 weeks 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 your personal email address instead. If you don't receive the link and password to the materials by October 12, 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.