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e-Consent (FAQs)

Q1. What is e-Consent? A1. Electronic-Consent (e-Consent) is a newly evolving platform for consenting patients either on site or at home using a computer based consent form rather than traditional paper documentation. Consent forms can be implemented in REDCap and patients can access consent forms via computer, mobile phone, or tablet. Q2. Is e-Consent allowed…

Posted on March 23, 2015 in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Visiting and Adjunct Faculty

Q – What role can visiting or adjunct faculty members play in research studies? A – The extent of the role is determined by the visiting/adjunct faculty member’s department. In order to work on a Vanderbilt research study, he/she must fulfill the human subjects training requirement (basic and continuing education), as well as have a…

Posted on February 25, 2011 in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Suggestion Box

Q – Is the suggestion box on your website really anonymous? A – Yes. If you wish to submit your comment anonymously, do not enter any contact information in the electronic form. There will be no way for us to tell who submitted the comment/suggestion. The suggestion box can be used for suggestions, comments, reporting…

Posted on February 23, 2011 in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Department Education Sessions

Q – Does VHRPP offer departmental education sessions? A – YES!! The Process Improvement Team will come to your department and provide education tailored to your needs. To request education, please CLICK HERE and then click the “in service” option. You will be prompted to enter your VUnetID and e-password to gain access to the…

Posted on February 23, 2011 in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Length of Time from Submission to Approval

Q – Sponsors ask how fast submissions to the IRB can be approved. What should I tell them? A – The VHRPP has a publicly accessible Performance Metrics page on its website. Here you will find reports related to: total number of submissions, number of submissions by type, number of new studies, and number of…

Posted on February 23, 2011 in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Vanderbilt PubMed Central Repository

Q – Is there a certain amount of time when articles of studies funded by NIH have to be added to the Vanderbilt University PubMed Central Repository? A – The NIH Public Access Policy (effective April 7, 2008) mandates that peer reviewed journal articles arising in whole or in part from NIH funded research be…

Posted on February 23, 2011 in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Frequency of Taking the CITI Basic Course

According to VHRPP Policy VIII.A, the Vanderbilt HRPP requires all Investigators, Key Study Personnel, Students, and Faculty Advisors who are conducting human subjects research, to complete human subjects protections training using the online CITI course. It is mandatory that the CITI Basic Course, in either Biomedical or Social and Behavioral research be taken prior to…

Posted on February 23, 2011 in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Posting of New Forms and Old Form Expiration

Q – How long after a new version of a form is posted will the IRB accept the previous version? A – It is our practice to return forms that are submitted on an expired version. We will accept the previous version of a form for 60 days following the posting of the newest version….

Posted on February 23, 2011 in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Failed Screening and Consent

Q – Are subjects who failed screening after signing a consent document counted as a person consented for the study? A – Yes. Anyone who signs a consent is counted as a subject consenting to participate in the study even if after signing the document he/she fails to pass the screening portion of the study.

Posted on February 23, 2011 in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Committee Review of Studies with No Clinical Components

Q – Which committee reviews a DNA buccal swab or blood draw that has no additional, clinical components? A – The Behavioral and Social Sciences Committee reviews studies with no clinical components. The study should be submitted on a Behavioral/Social Sciences Application (Form #1124). All procedures listed in the application should be “standard of care”…

Posted on February 23, 2011 in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)