Mandatory Use of Click IRB Begins on March 1
The IRB and Click Development Team are pleased to announce that all barriers to the universal use of the Click IRB system have been removed or mitigated. Accordingly, the delayed move to mandatory use of Click IRB has been rescheduled for March 1.
As of March 1 all work – new applications, modifications, renewals, etc. – will need to be submitted to the IRB via Click. There is a short-term exception to this requirement. Because Click requires an existing study and its activities to be in a complete state before new work can be generated, those studies that, as of March 1, have existing actions in process with the IRB will be permitted to submit additional actions relating to that study using the existing legacy forms up until the study activities reach a complete state. If you are in another exceptional circumstance that means you cannot comply with the March 1 mandatory use date, then please contact the IRB via email.
The IRB and the Click Team continue to provide training on Click IRB for all who desire it, and will continue to provide classes for the foreseeable future. Since October 2015, there have been 37 classes held. You can register through the Learning Center for upcoming classes.
We’re excited for this next phase in the support of human subjects research at Seattle Children’s. We do understand that change can be difficult, but our feedback from early adopters of Click IRB has been positive, with some users reporting significant reductions in the time it takes to prepare work for submission to the IRB. On the IRB side, we believe that the retirement of the existing forms, and the systems that support them, will free up resources and enable greater standardization in the way work is performed, and an increased ability to move work more quickly to final approval. Step 1 is to get the entire user community using Click IRB, and that step begins on March 1.
Important: When is my study transitioned to Click IRB?
When study teams initiate Smart Forms in Click IRB, even before the transaction is submitted to the IRB, they have effectively transitioned the study into Click IRB. This initiation results when the study team clicks Continue in a Smart Form page or saves the first page of a Smart Form.
What does this mean for study teams?
Unless you have actions pending in the legacy system or received a special exemption from the IRB, you will need to conduct all study business in Click IRB. Do not enter information into Click until you are prepared to move forward with all other actions in Click. Please refer to the Quick Guide – Tips for Migrated Studies (PDF) or contact the IRB for more information.