From:                                         Teller, Alan []

Sent:                                           Wednesday, August 17, 2011 9:46 AM

To:                                               cuhs-irb@CUMC.COLUMBIA.EDU

Subject:                                     Monthly IRB-Investigator Meeting: Thursday, August 18, 2011


Dear Department Chairs, Faculty, and Colleagues:

Columbia University Institutional Review Boards invite you to join us at the next monthly meeting for investigators and research coordinators.

This month's session will be:
“IRB Updates: Significant Procedural Changes, New SSN Policy, and Helpful Tips”


Items to be covered include:

1.      Electronic Approval Letter

2.      Document Stamping Changes

3.      Release of SSN Outside of Columbia Policy

4.      Tips for Remaining in Compliance

5.      Tips for Avoiding Protocol Returns

6.      Staffing Updates                                                                                                                                                 


The meeting is scheduled for:
Date: Thursday, August 18, 2011

Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m.                                                                   

Hammer 312


Please RSVP to

Summary of new electronic approval letter and document stamping procedures:

--Effective August 15, 2011, the Columbia University IRB Offices no longer issues hard-copy, manually signed approval letters.  An Electronic IRB Approval Letter will be available in the Print Menu of your approved protocol when you receive notice to retrieve your approval correspondence.  This letter will serve as the official Approval Letter from the IRB Office. 

--Additionally,  the IRB will no longer be printing and mailing stamped attached approved documents; these documents will be stamped and uploaded to your protocol’s Attached Documents page in RASCAL approximately 3-5 business days after your approval letter is generated. 


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