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Alternative IRB Models

The AAMC recently co-sponsored two important events on alternative IRB models. 


2006 National Conference on Alternative IRB Models: Optimizing Human Subject Protection

Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the Office for Human Research Protections, the Veterans Administration, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and The American Society of Clinical Oncology, and held on November 19-21, 2006, the national conference focused on perceived barriers to the use of alternative models and suggested strategies for overcoming them so as to optimize human subject protection. The national meeting was suggested by the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections as a means to explore perceived barriers to use of alternative IRB models and to develop means for addressing them.


2005 Workshop Summary Report

The National Institutes of Health, the Office for Human Research Protections, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology sponsored a workshop on November 17-18, 2005, to gather information on noninstitutional IRB review mechanisms for human subjects research from a variety of sources and perspectives.

Suggested by the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections, the workshop was designed to inform future committee action, such as developing a consensus statement on alternative models for IRB review or suggested OHRP guidance. The workshop provided an opportunity for participants to voice their opinions regarding the factors that should influence the selection of an IRB model for specific types of research. The Workshop Summary Report summarizes the two-day workshop.

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