HS-IRBs News - May 2009

Health Sciences and Minimal Risk IRBs, IRB News / Volume 1, Number 6, May 2009

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ARROW Update

Thanks to everyone who responded to the survey regarding preferences for training materials and in-person training opportunities for the ARROW system. We had a tremendous response to the survey and your feedback has been very valuable in helping us develop a training plan for ARROW. As a result of your input, expect to see training materials that include text accompanied by static screen shots as well as online demos without narration. We hope to offer in-person training in small group settings to allow ample time for questions and demonstrations.


As development of ARROW continues, we want to begin introducing some features of the system as well as some administrative changes that the new system will bring.

Information regarding new fee structure

The HS-IRBs implemented a new fee structure in July 2008. All studies submitted prior to July 1, 2008 fall under our previous fee structure, and all studies submitted after July 1, 2008 fall under the current fee structure. Please note that the IRB office typically can’t determine whether or not fees apply to specific studies over the phone given the number of factors taken into account. If you have general questions about the fee structure, please contact the IRB office. Otherwise, a good starting place is our website, which includes information about the fee structures. Visit for more UW-Madison Fee Schedule information.

WIRB brown bag update

You are invited to two upcoming Western IRB (WIRB) brown bags:

Updated IDB process

The Health Sciences IRBs have revised their guidelines for the submission of revised Investigational Drug Brochures (IDBs) after initial approval of a study.  Revised IDBs should be submitted at continuing review unless they result in a change to the protocol or consent form or result in the provision of information to subjects.  If you have any questions about the new guidelines, please contact us.

  • 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.