2014 Webinar: IRB Administration

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Institutional review board (IRB) administrators serve as facilitators of the human subjects research review process. As such, they are tasked with carrying out a variety of organizational and administrative responsibilities within the IRB. 

This webinar focused on some of the core responsibilities of IRB administrators and provide insight into best practices across a range of institutional sizes and structures. Specific topics for discussion included:

  • IRB recordkeeping, including meeting minutes, membership, correspondence with investigators, and records of actions reviewed by the IRB
  • Facilitation of the application and review process, including pre-screening submissions for completeness
  • Generation of IRB correspondence including actions taken by the convened IRB
  • Production and maintenance of standard operating procedures

This basic webinar was of interest to IRB administrators who are new to the field or their role.


Maria Arnold, CIP, is the clinical research manager for the Baptist Health South Florida IRB, which is responsible for monitoring the conduct of human subjects research for the Baptist Health system. Ms. Arnold’s career in human subjects protections spans three decades, and her responsibilities have included directing a human subjects program in both academia and a hospital health system; consulting; educating investigators on human subjects research regulations; and establishing policies in accordance with Office for Human Research Protections and US Food and Drug Administration regulations. A member of PRIM&R for more than 20 years, Ms. Arnold’s involvement with PRIM&R includes mentoring members new to the field of human subjects protections; serving as a speaker at conferences; and participating in conference planning committees.  

Megan Kasimatis Singleton, JD, MBE, CIP, is the associate director of the IRB at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). In this role she is responsible for oversight and direction of the staff that support Penn's nine IRBs; serves as a regulatory representative during the convened meetings; and assists in the development and presentation of educational initiatives for IRB staff, members, and the research community. She also serves as the IRB liaison to the University's Conflicts of Interest Standing Committee and the HIPAA research privacy officer. Ms. Singleton is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania. She earned her law degree from Temple University and her Masters in Bioethics from UPenn. 

Certificates of Attendance

Certificates of attendance for the IRB Administration: Providing Stellar Support to your IRB webinar were made available at the conclusion of the webinar. To access the certificate, you must first complete the online evaluation. Such certificates are useful 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.