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Announcement: Fred Hutch-Seattle Children's IRB Cooperative Review Agreement

Fred Hutch and Seattle Children’s have renegotiated the IRB Cooperative Review Agreement between our institutions. The Cooperative Review Agreement allows Fred Hutch and Seattle Children’s to rely on each other's IRB review for multiple projects without a protocol-specific authorization agreement. In most cases this eliminates the need for duplicate IRB review when both institutions are engaged in a research project.

The revised agreement simplifies the decision-making process regarding which institution’s IRB will conduct the review when both Fred Hutch and Seattle Children’s are engaged. Moving forward, the institution of the Lead Protocol PI’s primary appointment will serve as the IRB of record for both institutions. (As a reminder, “primary appointment” refers to the institution that signs the PI’s paycheck.)

Reminders: Both Fred Hutch and Seattle Children’s require local sign-off prior to relying on an external IRB.

  • When Fred Hutch is engaged in research and will rely on the Seattle Children’s IRB, please submit an External IRB cover sheet to the Fred Hutch Institutional Review Office (IRO). The IRO will perform an administrative review of your submission to ensure all Fred Hutch institutional requirements have been met. You will receive an IRO Endorsement Letter once the IRO has confirmed reliance is acceptable and institutional requirements are complete. Please include this letter as part of your submission to the Seattle Children’s IRB to add Fred Hutch as a site.
 
  • When Seattle Children’s is engaged in research and will rely on the Fred Hutch IRB, please make an External IRB submission in the Seattle Children’s Click IRB system. There will be an administrative review of your submission and you will receive an Acknowledgement of Reliance on an External IRB Letter once it has been confirmed that reliance is acceptable.  Please include this letter as part of your submission to the Fred Hutch IRB to add Seattle Children’s as a site. 


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