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Resources for Clinical Research

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    IRB Policy & Guidance
    IRB Authorization Agreements (Reliance Agreements)
    Federalwide Assurances
    Information for Study Participants & the Public
    Clinical Trials at Partners
  • Resources for Clinical Research

    ​The Partners Human Research Committees also referred to as the Partners Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) are authorized to review and oversee human subjects research that is conducted by employees or agents (e.g., professional staff) of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), McLean Hospital (McLean), North Shore Medical Center (NSMC), Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (SRH), and MGH Institute of Health Professions (MGH IHP) in connection with their institutional responsibilities, regardless of the location of the research or source of funding, in accordance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. 

    Partners Human Research Policies​ and Guidance​

    The Partners Human Research Committees follow written policies and procedures to assure compliance with applicable state and federal regulations and local laws governing the protection of human subjects of research.  The Committees have also developed written guidance documents that represent the Committees current requirements and/or approach to various aspects of human research.  See IRB Policy & Guidance​.

    IRB Authorization Agreements​

    An IRB Authorization Agreement, also referred to as a Reliance Agreement, allows the IRB of one institution to rely on the IRB of another institution for review of human subjects research.  The scope of the reliance agreement may be limited to a specific protocol or to any protocol agreed upon by both parties on a case-by-case basis.  For more information on existing reliance agreements and requesting new reliance agreements, see Reliance Agreements​.

    Federalwide Assurances and IRB Registrations

    The Partners Human Research Office has prepared statements of compliance for BWH, Faulkner, MGH, McLean and NSMC that address, among other things, the institution’s IORG, FWA, registered IRBs and IRB membership. For more information, see Federalwide Assurances and IRB Registrations​.

    Information for Study Participants & the Public​

    The Partners Human Research Office has prepared information for study participants and the public about participation in clinical research.  For more information, see Information for Study Participants & the Public​.