Dear Research Community


Dear Research Community,

As you were previously notified, the reliance agreement process was under review for the purpose of conducting a needs assessment.  At this time we are happy to notify everyone that the process has been updated and is now ready for rollout.  We now have a dedicated webpage for Reliance Agreements, that includes information for when the NU IRB is the IRB of Record and when the NU IRB cedes review to another IRB.  The SOP (HRP-092) previously titled “Commercial IRBs” has been updated to “External IRBs” and a new SOP (HRP-093) has been created for when the NU IRB is the IRB of Record for Multi-Site Research.  There are also workflow’s available for each type of submission and FAQ’s. 

Please take time to review the webpage, including the updates SOP’s and authorization templates, and notify us of any feedback you may have regarding the process.  The NU IRB is dedicated to facilitating research and any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Northwestern University IRB