Wilkes University


IRB Updates

On April 22, 2019, the Wilkes University IRB will begin applying the Revised Common Rule (https://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/ regulations-and-policy/ regulations/revised-common- rule-regulatory-text/index. html) for all new IRB applications. Among the changes are revisions to the requirements for Informed Consent and the addition of a new Exempt category (Category 3) for benign behavioral interventions. The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) has provided helpful educational material available here: https://www.hhs.gov/ ohrp/education-and-outreach/ revised-common-rule.

We will also be transitioning to a new web-based system, IRB Mentor, for managing IRB applications. On April 22, we will begin accepting applications through IRB Mentor. We will continue to accept email applications until May 19, after which we will accept applications only through IRB Mentor.

To access the IRB Mentor system, simply sign-in to the Wilkes Portal (portal.wilkes.edu). Then, find the link for “IRB Mentor” under “Quick Links” on the left-hand side. Additional instructional materials for IRB Mentor will be made available on the IRB Mentor Info Page.

We will offer two training sessions to demonstrate the use of IRB Mentor and to answer questions:

  • Tuesday, April 23, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Breiseth 105.
  • Tuesday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to noon in Breiseth 108.

Both sessions are open to all interested faculty, students and staff.

If you have any questions about the transition, please email IRB co-chair Associate Professor Chris Zarpentine (christoph.zarpentine@wilkes. edu).