Facilitating cross-institutional collaborations with reciprocal IRB agreement

September 2020 - Please visit https://couhes.mit.edu/single-irb-review for information on the current process for IRB Review

Sent On Behalf Of Maria T. Zuber
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 9:55 AM

To the members of the MIT community:

I am writing to announce MIT's recent signing of the Master Reciprocal Common IRB Reliance Agreement, an important step toward facilitating cross-institutional collaborations between our researchers and their colleagues at other universities, hospitals, and clinical practice organizations in the New England region and, indeed, even further abroad.

As you may know, federal regulations governing human subjects research allow an institution involved in research collaboration across institutions to “cede” responsibility for human subjects review to a collaborating institution's institutional review board, in order to avoid administrative delays and duplication of effort. The Master Reciprocal Common IRB Reliance Agreement outlines standard terms, conditions, and work processes for ceding review of collaborative human subject research protocols among its many signatories. By signing this agreement, MIT joins a group of over thirty (and counting) institutions participating in this shared project of human subjects research administration.

The agreement makes it possible for MIT investigators to request single-IRB review for new studies. For existing studies, MIT investigators present their COUHES approval to members of the Master IRB Reliance Network in lieu of de novo application for IRB approval and vice versa.

We identify below the institutions that have already signed the Master Reciprocal Common IRB Reliance Agreement, and going forward you may access an updated list of signatories on the COUHES website. If you are collaborating—or if you intend or expect to collaborate—with researchers at any of the listed institutions on a research protocol involving human subjects, you may be able to take advantage of single-IRB review via the Reliance Agreement. For information about how to get this process started, please contact Catherine Ricciardi DNP, ANP, the Nurse Director of the MIT Clinical Research Center and the MIT Nurse Navigator for the Harvard Catalyst.

My sincere thanks to the leadership of COUHES and the MIT Clinical Research Center in IMES for working to create this important opportunity.

Maria T. Zuber

The following institutions have signed the Master Reciprocal Common IRB Reliance Agreement:

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Boston Children's Hospital
  • Boston University - Charles River Campus
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Broad Institute
  • Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Dartmouth College
  • Forsyth Institute
  • Harvard Medical School (HMS)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS)
  • Hebrew SeniorLife
  • Joslin Diabetes Center
  • Judge Baker Children's Center
  • Maine Medical Center
  • Massachusetts Eye & Ear
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • McLean Hospital
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Mount Auburn Hospital
  • New England Baptist Hospital
  • Schepens Eye Research Institute
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
  • St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
  • Tufts Medical Center
  • Tufts University Health Sciences Campus
  • Tufts University Medford/Somerville Campus
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Southern California - Health Sciences
  • University of Southern California - University Park