February 10, 2012

Human Research Protection Program: Change in UC System MOU Process

As of February 1, 2012, UC Berkeley is transitioning to a new online UC IRB Reliance Registry hosted by the UC Office of the President. This new system applies for all studies eligible to be covered by the UC Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU allows a research study to be reviewed by the IRB at only one UC institution or Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) rather than having to go through the entire IRB process at two or more campuses where the research will take place.

As the campus transitions to the online system, the paper version of the Notice of Intent to Rely (NOITR) on one UC IRB will be phased out. New requests for one UC campus to rely on another campus’ review must be submitted via the online UC IRB Reliance Registry prior to protocol submission at the reviewing campus’ IRB. Existing agreements must be entered into the new online Reliance Registry at the time of protocol renewal or amendment.

Further details and instructions may be found on the UC IRB Reliance Registry for Studies under the UC MOU page on the CPHS/OPHS web site.