Institutional review board (IRB) coordinators work primarily in university settings in departments which review proposed research projects, and also monitor current projects as they are conducted. There are often pre-established requirements that a research project must meet to gain authorization, and applications and consent forms must be completed in order to process these projects. IRB coordinators also guide researchers to compile the correct and complete documents to be submitted to the IRB panel.
These coordinators may have to generate letters to investigators as to why their proposals were denied and what should be changed so that proposals comply with organizational policies/procedures and federal requirements. They also attend IRB meetings and take notes or minutes in order to create reports of the discussions involved, and some may also schedule meetings and arrange their venues.
Those in this position also decide which research projects and protocols need to be discussed, so it is important to understand all of the technical terminology involved in the work. They may occasionally need to speak up in meetings and remind panels of federal regulations and organizational policies. This role is important so that university policies and federal guidelines are followed and research subjects are treated in a fair manner, and this is usually a full-time position. IRB coordinators often work within a group of panel coordinators in order to conquer entire work-loads.
Institutional Review Board (IRB) Coordinator Tasks
Organize and implement the IRB program to researchers, external researchers and sponsors.
Oversee the confidential institutional review and approval process of all research activities involving human subjects to protect their safety, rights, and welfare.
Ensure that all operational priorities are aligned with mission and direction of OPRS/IRB;
Provide oversight for the daily activities of the Office for the Protection of Research Subject (OPRS)/Institutional Review Board (IRB).
Provide advice and assistance to investigators regarding the procedural requirements of less complex IRB applications.