What are some common mistakes that I should avoid?
• Using outdated forms. Always download the most current version of the IRB forms from the IRB website.
• Submitting applications before all study team members have completed the required ethics training.
• Submitting materials that have not received a substantive review by the PI.
• Writing consent forms in language which will not be readily understood by the target population.
• Submitting documents containing inconsistent information (e.g. Application indicates total planned enrollment is 500, but the protocol indicates that this number is between 300-600).
• Inappropriately targeting students or faculty as study subjects. See IRB guidance on the recruitment of students and employees.
• Missing documents, such as letters of support, a copy of the grant or contract, or recruitment guides.