The Office of Research Integrity – Human Subjects (ORI-HS) is operating with all staff members working remotely. IRB Meetings are continuing at the previously scheduled days/times with web conferencing. If you have questions, we encourage you to email IRB@unlv.edu.
In an effort to eliminate apparent immediate hazards to subjects (45 CFR 46.108(3)(iii)) as well as the UNLV community, all face to face visits for research previously approved by the UNLV IRB/ORI-HS must either be postponed or modified to remove this interaction. This applies to all ongoing and new research (including exempt determinations) that is conducted by UNLV researchers. Non-contact methods that can continue uninterrupted include research including phone/web interviews, online surveys, etc.
Should an investigator need to change research plans in order to eliminate immediate hazards to research subjects, these changes should be made and then must be reported to ORI Human Subjects through a modification submission in IRBNet as soon as the researcher is able but within 30 days after the change. Eliminating immediate hazards may include actions to reduce potential exposure to COVID-19 such as:
- Decreasing the number of protocol-mandated in-person study visits or moving to remote study/teleconferencing study visits
- Delaying study visits to outside the defined schedule to ensure participants aren’t traveling unnecessarily, among other options.
In the modification submission, please specify the changes made, the date the change was made and the purpose for making the change. These changes will proceed with the IRB review process as usual.