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The Vermont Agency of Human Services requires that research conducted by any component of the agency involving human subjects, their health related information and/or any potential risk to human subjects, be approved before the research is begun. The Agency Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews applications concerning research on human subjects or their protected health information when the subjects are Agency clients or recipients of public services or benefits furnished by the Agency AND when the research is proposed by, affiliated with, conducted at the request of, or involves an Agency department, division, program or office.
The Institutional Review Board and Conducting Research at AHS
The Vermont Agency of Human Services requires that research conducted by any component of the agency involving human subjects, their health related information and/or any potential risk to human subjects, be approved before the research is begun. The Agency Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews applications concerning research on human subjects or their protected health information when the subjects are Agency clients or recipients of public services or benefits furnished by the Agency and when the research is proposed by, affiliated with, conducted at the request of, or involves an Agency department, division, program or office.
How Do I know if I need to submit my proposal under these guidelines?
The Vermont Agency of Human Services requires that research conducted by any component of the agency involving human subjects, their health related information and/or any potential risk to human subjects, be approved before the research is begun. The Agency Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews applications concerning research on human subjects or their protected health information when the subjects are Agency clients or recipients of public services or benefits furnished by the Agency AND when the research is proposed by, affiliated with, conducted at the request of, or involves an Agency department, division, program or office. The Agency of Human services procedures related to this policy are outlined in these pages.
Policy No: 9.03 Protections of Human Subjects & Establishment of Institutional Review Board
This policy has been established to provide guidance to all Agency employees, contractors, affiliated researchers and other interested parties, concerning the protection of human subjects and their protected health information in research. It establishes an institutional review board (IRB) to examine proposed research and ensure that the research procedures will respect and protect subjects, maximize benefits and minimize harm and risk. This board will also provide the required assurances to the Department of Health and Human Services that any research, funded in whole or in part by that Department, is in compliance with 45 ­CFR 46.
AHS Institutional Review Board Contacts
When protocols need review, meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month, 2 to 4 PM, AHS Secretary's Conference Room B, 208 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT
Lay Summary/Consent Form Guidance
 
Consent to Participate (Sample)
 
Procedures for IRB Operations
Revised: November 2007
HIPAA Research Policy
 
Guidance on Creating an Authorization to Permit the Use and Disclosure of Protected Health Information for Research Purposes
 
Authorization to Permit the Use and Disclosure of Protected Health Information for Research Purposes (example)
 
Request of Waiver of Authorization for Recruitment Purposes
This form needs to be submitted with your Agency of Human Services IRB application when you intend to review an individual's protected health information for recruitment purposes AND when the review for recruitment will not be conducted by a member of the Agency of Human Services workforce.
Request for Continuing Review
Form to be completed be Principal Investigator when requesting a continuing review.
Informed consent checklist
 
IRB protocol review checklist
 
IRB continuing review checklist
 
VT Agency of Humans Services Researcher Responsibilities and Procedures for the Proposal of Research involving Human Subjects
If a researcher is unsure whether or not an AHS IRB Research Proposal Form must be submitted for any given project, it is the researcher's responsibility to contact the IRB chairperson for further information and guidance.
Request for Modification of Application
 
IRB Minutes
 
IRB Meeting Agenda - February 4, 2014
 
IRB Member Pages
 
IRB Members Private
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IRB Agendas
 
AHS IRB Application