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OHSP and IRB News

On-going News:

COVID-19 and Human Research. Research activities involving in-person interventions or interactions with human subjects are still subject to FSU COVID-19-related policy and restrictions that were approved by the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida. Many restrictions have been relaxed. For further information about the policy, restrictions, and tools to accordingly conform human research, ghere or click on the COVID-19 & Human Research tab on the left.

New Student-led Research resources published:

The Office for Human Subjects Protection (OHSP) is please to announced availability of a new OHSP web page, guidance and other resources pertaining to student-led human research. Materials include an overview of how student-led research may require OHSP and IRB review, including an easy review algorithm; a guidance document for quick reference; FAQs, including a link to a RAMP IRB workflow explainer; and key tips. Click on the Student-Led Research tab on the left or use this link to access the Student-led Research web page.

FSU Policy on Human Subjects Revised:

FSU Policy 7-IRB-0 (Human Subjects) has been revised effective February 3, 2021. Revisions primarily include rendering the University Human Subjects policy consistent with applicable and recently revised federal regulations; conforming to institutional changes in responsible executive and approving official; and, with regard to the prior version, clarifying responsibilities, reducing redundancy and removing ambiguity. Access the 7-IRB-0 University Human Subjects Policy here in the RAMP IRB Library or at here on the FSU's Policy page.

New IRB Chair Appointed:

James (Jim) Whyte, PhD has been appointed to replace Tom Jacobson as the next Chair of the FSU Institutional Review Board (IRB). Dr. Whyte’s appointment is effective December 10, 2020. Please join the IRB and OHSP in welcoming Dr. Whyte to his new IRB role. Dr. Whyte is Professor with Tenure in the FSU College of Nursing; he holds a Florida license to practice, has Board certification in 3 specialties, and is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and Distinguished Scholar and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice. Dr. Whyte has a lengthy history of service, teaching, research, and clinical care, and is a recipient of numerous grant awards, including as Principal Investigator. Dr. Whyte has served on the FSU IRB for over 9 years. More about Dr. Whyte can be found at this College of Nursing faculty page.

Revised Determination Form Released:

OHSP releases a substantially revised Determination of Human Subjects Research Form (HRP-503d - Template Determination Form) template for use. The template must be used to submit and request an official determination from OHSP about whether a proposed study or activity requires submission of a full protocol for regulatory or Institutional Review Board (IRB) review. To access the new template, go to this RAMP IRB template link.

New Guidance for Creating Research Repositories:

Creation and use of study volunteer repositories or registries for research purposes is subject to federal law and requires FSU IRB review, approval and on-going oversight. More detailed information, including applicable federal law and related guidance as well as resources and new templates for use may be found at this OHSP Volunteer Registries link.

Retirement of IRB Chair:

The Chair of the FSU Institutional Review Board (IRB), Thomas Jacobson, announced his planned retirement from FSU in December 2020, including after 15 years of IRB service. The IRB and the FSU Office for Human Subjects Protection extend their deepest appreciation for his dedicated service to human research protections at FSU. Please join us in congratulating and celebrating Mr. Jacobson on his retirement, and expressing our deepest thanks for his lengthy and devoted service on the IRB.

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Office for Human Subjects Protection (OHSP)
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Tallahassee FL, 32306-2742
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