Does a LAUC-LA member need to apply for an IRB (Institutional Review Board) exemption or full review for a survey?
Wendy Brunt, MA, CIP, the IRB Administrator in the Office of Human Research Protection Program at UCLA answered this question as follows, "If that individual polls LAUC-LA members with the intent to disseminate the findings of the survey beyond the UC system, s/he would need to submit the survey to the IRB and obtain prospective IRB approval or exemption."
If a LAUC-LA member needs to apply, what will the IRB look for and why?
- Evidence of full disclosure regarding the survey: Survey participants need to be fully informed of the purpose and nature of the survey, and the survey sponsor, as well as how the results will be utilized.
- Identification of individuals: Survey participants' identity needs to be protected, in order to forestall any possible recrimination for survey responses. This may mean not requiring or even including a question asking the participant to identify her/his unit within the UCLA Library or within UCLA, as the case may be.
- Confidentiality of individual responses: Survey participants need to be assured that specific responses will not be singled out in such a way as to identify individuals.
- Voluntary nature of the survey: Clear statement that the survey is completely voluntary, and that survey participants may choose not to complete a survey even if they have begun it.
- Contact information for questions: Generally, this would be the Co-PI.
Who can submit an exemption or full review application to the IRB?
- The University Librarian is to be listed as the PI (Primary Investigator) on all IRB applications.
- The librarian serving as Co-PI needs IRB Certification, acquired by completing IRB training online.
- Consult with Leslie McMichael, Library Administrative Office, to see copies of previous approved IRB exemption and full review application forms, or to ask a question.
- Leslie McMichael must be informed when a librarian applies for IRB (Instititional Review Board) exemption or full review.
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