The University of Minnesota’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) has updated its signature requirements for Institutional Review Board medical applications. This update is part of an overall effort to reduce the administrative burden on researchers, while still meeting compliance obligations.
Effective immediately, signatures of co-investigators and department heads are no longer required on hard copy or email submissions. Note that principal investigators are still required to sign hard copies before submitting; PI signatures are also required for applications that are emailed by someone other than the PI.
All researchers listed on protocols automatically receive an email when an application is entered in the IRB database. As per the email instructions, researchers should contact the PI if they believe they have been added to a study in error or without consent.
Post by Eric Vegoe, info tech professional, Human Research Protection Program