HS-IRBs News - September 2010

Health Sciences and Minimal Risk IRBs, IRB News / Volume 2, Number 9, September 2010

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REMINDER: Final ARROW Rollout Coming in November

The final phase of ARROW rollout (the new electronic submission and review system for the HS-IRBs) will happen this November. All study teams will begin using ARROW on November 17, 2010. Please plan to attend a quick-start training session in October or schedule a demonstration for your group so you are ready to use ARROW on November 17th.

ARROW Quick-Start Training Sessions

Three large group training sessions have been scheduled to provide study teams with a quick overview of ARROW and its key features. Attendees can try out ARROW in the HSLC computer lab immediately following sessions held in the CSC. No registration is required. Quick-start sessions will be offered on:

ARROW Small-Group Demonstrations

Research groups wanting a more detailed introduction to ARROW may request a small-group demonstration. NOTE: Very few slots remain for demonstrations in October and slots in November are limited, so please submit your request soon.  Requests for demonstrations should be emailed to askarrowirb@medicine.wisc.edu.

Questions about Going Live with ARROW?

For more information on what going live with ARROW means, please see the [Link for document 17172 is unavailable at this time.] .  For more information about ARROW – including brief training videos as well as FAQs – check out Health Sciences IRBs ARROW Help of the HS-IRBs website.

Tips for Current ARROW Users


Use of Records or Databases to Identify Potential Subjects and Waivers of Informed Consent

Current Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) guidance indicates that under the Common Rule, the use of records or databases to identify potential subjects constitutes human subjects research.  Thus, researchers must disclose to the IRB any records or databases they may use to identify potential subjects so that the IRB can determine whether a waiver of documentation of informed consent can be granted for this activity.  Please note that in contrast to the HIPAA Privacy Rule, the Common Rule does not include a preparatory to research provision.

VA Updates

  • Urgent issues (e.g., subject safety concerns), please call our main line (608-263-2362) and ask to speak with the staff reviewer on call for the day. Please do NOT use email for these kinds of questions.
  • General IRB questions, please call our main line (608-263-2362) to speak with the staff reviewer on call or email asktheirb@hsirb.wisc.edu. These are the quickest ways to get help with general questions.
  • Specific questions regarding the status of your review and/or reviewer notes, please contact the staff reviewer assigned to your application.
  • Help with single IRB review and reliance questions, email irbreliance@wisc.edu.

  • Assistance with ARROW or technical questions, email askarrowirb@hsirb.wisc.edu.
  • Newsletter and other IRB updates, please sign up for the general HS-IRBs listserv by emailing join-hs_irbs_announcements@lists.wisc.edu.
  • Consultations: For investigators seeking assistance on a specific program or application, HS-IRBs staff are available for individual consultations. To request a consultation, complete the HS-IRBs Presentation and Consultation Request Form.
  • Presentations: The HS-IRBs office is available to provide the research community with presentations and trainings on a variety of topics. To request a presentation, complete the HS-IRBs Presentation and Consultation Request Form.