IRB Member Newsletter--Volume 1 (Fall 2009)

Fall 2009

Introducing ARROW IRB

What is ARROW
ARROW stands for Application Review for Research Oversight at Wisconsin.  ARROW is a web-based platform that will eventually be used by several research oversight functions at UW-Madison for submission and review of applications.  The HS-IRBs will be the first office on campus to implement ARROW.

What benefits will ARROW have for researchers and IRB members?
ARROW will offer many benefits to researchers, including:
  • IRB correspondence and consent documents available online
  • Study teams able to see at a glance where an application is in the IRB review process
  • The IRB "file" for each study available online, complete with a history log that tracks all actions made by the study team as well as the IRBs
  • Email notifications at several key points in the IRB review process, such as when IRB correspondence is ready for downloading
ARROW also offers benefits to IRB members, including:
  • Meeting materials/agendas can be found in the system
  • Staff reviews are uploaded directly into ARROW
  • The complete file will be available when reviewing changes or reportable events
How will the IRB review process change in ARROW?
ARROW IRB has been designed to mirror many aspects of HS-IRBs current processes, so much of the review process--such as scientific review and pre-review--will not change.  Study teams will notice some changes in how the HS-IRBs handle simultaneous or overlapping submissions for the same study, which will become more standardized to meet the ARROW's technical requirements.  Perhaps the biggest change for study teams and the HS-IRBs alike, however, will be the reliance on ARROW rather than email for virtually all submissions and communication.

When will ARROW be implemented?
ARROW will be implemented in phases beginning in Spring 2010.

What can IRB Members do to help prepare for ARROW?
Members can do several things to help make the transition to ARROW a smooth one:
Where can I get more information about ARROW?
The HS-IRBs will offer ARROW training and educations materials in the new future.  Until then, please send any questions about ARROW to:

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