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COVID-19 Resources for IRB

This page will serve as the JHSPH Resource page to help investigators navigate the COVID 19 situation as it affects human subjects research.

The University is at Phase 3 of the Human Subjects Research Preparedness Plan . Research protocols in other countries must follow the University guidance, and investigators should check the WHO daily situation report to check country-specific conditions. University policies apply to all research operations conducted under a JHSPH or JHU Institutional Review Board protocol, and should be consulted prior to making any decisions.

JHU Contingency Plan for Human Subject Research Operations Related to the Coronavirus Outbreak, research is divided into Tier 1 (High Direct Benefit to Research Participants); Tier 2 (Moderate Direct Benefit to Research  Participants); and Tier 3 (Low Direct Benefit to Research Participants). Regardless of which Tier a research study falls into, efforts should be made to screen research participants for signs and symptoms of the virus and whenever possible, conduct the research visit using remote mechanisms.  Guidance and resources to help investigators and study staff conduct these visits remotely and securely will be continuously updated.

Research staff are available and working remotely to answer study specific questions. The JHSPH RB office is working remotely and the IRBs are continuing to meet remotely. The IRB will process all Amendment submissions required to change research plans and data collection procedures and all other submissions. Please consult the resources below before sending in individual questions to .

The JHSPH IRB will continue to provide a list of updated resources and materials for investigators to ensure the safety of research participants and staff during this time.

Guidance Documents:

Paying Research Participants Using Venmo:

Documents to Help Study Participants: