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VA Central IRB. Annette Anderson, MS, CIP VA Central IRB Administrator. Updated: July 15, 2013. Purpose of VA Central IRB. Primary Purpose Improve human research protections in VA multi-site studies by ensuring: Consistent expert ethical and scientific review

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    1. VA Central IRB Annette Anderson, MS, CIP VA Central IRB Administrator Updated: July 15, 2013

    2. Purpose of VA Central IRB • Primary Purpose • Improve human research protections in VA multi-site studies by ensuring: • Consistent expert ethical and scientific review • Local issues are still addressed • Secondary Purpose • Enhance efficiencies of IRB review in multisite studies

    3. VA Central IRB Implementation • Established as part of the VHA Central Office Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) in 2008 • Institutional Official (IO) is the Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health • First study reviewed in August 2008 and approved in October 2008 • As of July 15, 2013, the VA Central IRB is overseeing or is in the process of reviewing a total of 127 studies involving a little over 825sites • Three additional studies have received exemptions

    4. VA Central IRB Composition • 17 voting members including 2 Co-Chairs • 5 non-voting members • Ethics • Privacy • Information Security • Legal • Regulatory • Ad Hoc Consultants as needed

    5. VA Central IRB Operations • Staffed by PRIDE • 1 VA Central IRB Administrator • 7 VA Central IRB Managers • Part-time assistance is provided by other PRIDE administrative staff • Meetings held twice monthly; one in person in Washington, DC, and the other via teleconference • IRB of Record for all study actions • SharePoint used for submitting and distributing documents

    6. What Studies are Reviewed by VA Central IRB? • Studies that receive funding from the VA Office of Research and Development (ORD) in which multiple VA sites (2 or more) are engaged; there are some exceptions that can be made by the applicable funding service • The following ORD-funded studies are reviewed by the local IRB: • Single site studies • Studies involving multiple sites but only one VA site is engagedin human subjects research • No charge for use of VA Central IRB

    7. Local VA Facility Requirements to Use the VA Central IRB Local VA Facilities must: • Amend Facility Federalwide Assurance to list the VA Central IRB as an IRB of Record; affiliated NPCs must amend FWAs as well • Enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the VHA Central Office and affiliated NPC if applicable • Develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for using the VA Central IRB as an IRB of Record • Amend affiliate MOU if applicable

    8. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) • Spells out the respective authorities, roles, and responsibilities of the VHA Central Office HRPP, the VA Central IRB, the local VA facility, and the affiliated NPC if applicable • VA facilities that do not use the VA Central IRB will not be able to participate in studies reviewed by the VA Central IRB • As of July 15, 2013, the VHA Central Office HRPP has MOUs with 100of the 109 VA facilities with FWAs

    9. Local Accountability for Research • The MOU requires the VA Facility Medical Center Director to Appoint local Site Representatives to: • Provide local comments to the VA Central IRB regarding the VA Central IRB’s review of the Principal Investigator New Project Application • Serve as the Local Site Liaison with the VA Central IRB

    10. Engagement and Exemptions • Prior to submission of a new project for review by the VA Central IRB the PI may request: • An Engagement determination • An Exemption from IRB Review • A Human Subjects Research determination • Administrative Pre-Reviews are also available and highly recommended

    11. Application Processes – 2 Types Principal Investigator (PI) Application – Based on IRB approval criteria • Co-PI and Coordinating Center Supplements • Protocol and other documents (i.e., surveys, scripts, investigator drug brochures) • Waiver requests • Vulnerable Population Supplements • Model Documents (i.e., informed consent form, recruitment materials, HIPAA Authorization) • COI statements from personnel in investigator roles only • CVs of investigators only

    12. Application Processes – 2 Types Local Site Investigator (LSI) Application –based on and mirrors PI/SC Application • Local study team • Local resources • Local recruitment practices • Local participant compensation practices • Customize model documents • All differences from PI Application must be justified • Signed by LSI supervisor and local ACOS/R&D

    13. VA Central IRB Review Model – 7 Steps Step 1 - PI completes and submits PI Application • Contact VA Central IRB Administrator prior to completing application • Forms on VA Central IRB website • PI enlists local sites and lists them if known • Local Conflict of Interest determination if feasible • PI/SC signs form and obtains signature of supervisor and local ACOS/R&D

    14. VA Central IRB Review Model – 7 Steps Step 2 – VA Central IRB reviews PI Application • Initial Reviews • Administrative • Regulatory • Information Security • Privacy • Primary Reviewer System • Approval Outcomes • Approved contingent upon minor modifications • Approved contingent upon review of local site comments

    15. VA Central IRB Review Model – 7 Steps Step 3 - Local Site Review and Submission of Local Site Investigator Applications 3a - Local Site Review VA Central IRB staff provide a copy of the approved PI/SC application to sites along with the VA Central IRB determination Sites have up to 15-days to submit comments for consideration by the VA Central IRB 3b - Submission of Applications Local Site Investigators complete the LSI Application for their site All site applications must be reviewed and submitted through PI/SC Note: Local Review is not performed by local IRB Note: These two functions can take place simultaneously

    16. VA Central IRB Review Model – 7 Steps Step 4 – Review of Local Site Comments and Local Site Investigator Applications Step 4a – The VA Central IRB reviews local comments and may do one of the following: • Refer comments to PI • Require changes in PI and/or LSI Applications • Administratively respond to comments Step 4b – Review Local Site Investigator Applications • Include modifications from step 4a if applicable

    17. VA Central IRB Review Model – 7 Steps Step 5 – PI and LSI Submit Revisions Step 6 – VA Central IRB Makes Final Approval Decision • Approved documents made available on VA Central IRB Secure SharePoint system • E-mail sent to PI, LSI, and VA Central IRB Liaison • At local sites, approved application package consists of approved PI Application and the approved LSI Application

    18. VA Central IRB Review Model – 7 Steps Step 7 – Local Site Final Approval • Local Site reviews and approves study in accordance with local policies and procedures (i.e., R&D Committee approval) • Copy of local site approval provided to VA Central IRB Note: A study cannot begin at any given local facility until the PI and, if applicable, the LSI Application, has been approved by the VA Central IRB and the VA facility has complied with the requirements of VHA Handbook 1200.01

    19. Amendments and Updates • PI Amendments • Made available to all sites through SharePoint • Local Site Investigator Amendments/Updates • Specific Site Amendment • Updates based on approved PI Amendments or change in model field (i.e., room or phone numbers) • Addition of a Site • Sites added after approval of PI/SC Application will not get 15-day comment period but still may make comments through local R&D process

    20. Continuing Review • Continuing Review date is set for overall study, not for each site • Two step application and submission process: • LSI submits a report to PI by PI established deadline • PI/SC submits summary report, along with copies of all LSI reports • Local Site Applications cannot be approved, even if no further modifications, until PI Application is approved

    21. Reportable Events • VA Central IRB Table of Reporting Requirements • Specific Reporting forms available on VA Central IRB website • Reported to VA Central IRB, not local IRB • Separate SharePoint site for uploading reports

    22. RCO Audits and Other Local Site Audits or Reports • Submitted at Continuing Review: • Routine Research Compliance Officer (ROC) audits (informed consent and triennial) if no findings require review by the IRB; MVP exception – Quarterly summary from ORO Central Office • Submitted immediately (By RCO, PI, LSI) • Any reports of apparent serious noncompliance • Any other issues identified that require IRB review

    23. Role of VA Central IRB Administrator • Main Point of Contact Prior to Submission • Maintenance of SOPs and Forms • Supervises VA Central IRB Managers • Assists VA Central IRB Co-Chairs with meeting management and IRB member management • Maintains website and provides training • Serves as POC for outside audits, site visits, and annual review of VHA Central Office HRPP

    24. Role of VA Central IRB Managers • Serve as main point of contact after study is officially submitted to VA Central IRB and assigned a study number • Performs administrative review and coordinates all other required reviews, to include local site review • After initial approval, oversees all other study actions (cradle to grave) in coordination with Primary Reviewer

    25. Roles of Other PRIDE Personnel • SharePoint Coordinator and MOU Manager • Process SAE/Protocol Deviations • Continuing Review Notices and Follow-up • Meeting Logistics to include member travel • Answer 800 Number • Routine Report Generation • IRB Member Training and Appointments

    26. Contact Information Annette R. Anderson, MS VA Central IRB Administrator Annette.anderson3@va.gov or 202-443-5649 E-mail: va.central.irb@va.gov Toll Free Number: 877-254-3130 Website: http://www.research.va.gov/vacentralirb/default.cfm Note: See next slide for additional contact information.

    27. VA Central IRB Managers and Other Staff Hector Ramirez 202-443-5656 hector.ramirez@va.gov Tracy Cutler 202-443-5650 tracy.cutler@va.gov Christie O’Brien 202-443-5660 christie.obrien@va.gov Tara McDonough 202-443-5651 taramcdonough@va.gov Jeffrey Rollins 202-443-5652 jeffrey.rollins@va.gov Nikia Morris 202-443-5787 nikia.morris@va.gov Evangela Covert 202-443-5788 evangela.covert@va.gov Lindsey Martin 202-443-5653 lindsey.martin2@va.gov SharePoint , MOUs, and Reportable Event Reporting