National Research Network ® 2012 Benchmark Report
Human Subjects Research Protection
 January, 2013
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 How Do You Compare?

The National Research Network ® 2012 Benchmark Report includes data from more than 90 randomly selected institutions active on the National Research Network, sampled from April 2011 - March 2012. Anonymous selection was based upon tenure, volume of activity, institutional profile, completeness of data and other factors.
The 2012 Benchmark Report pulls together real world performance data from from more than 100 hospital, university and government agency IRBs across the National Research Network. It is provided as a service to the IRB community to assist organizations as they benchmark internal performance. More than 90 separate metrics are presented for biomedical focused and social / behavioral-focused research institutions. Excerpts are listed below.
32% of time to first approval by convened review is due to investigator errors and required rework.
2012 Benchmark Report Summary

Hospitals approve new studies via convened review faster than the national average.

Convened Review Processing Time

82% of new study approvals by convened review require 2 or less submissions to the IRB office.

Convened Review Approval Efficiency

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IRBNet & WIRB-Copernicus Group
IRBNet is pleased to have joined the WIRB-Copernicus Group, the world’s largest provider of regulatory and ethical review services for human subjects research. Together we provide the most comprehensive end-to end compliance solutions for research institutions of all sizes.
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IRBNet Ethics in Human Research Protection Award
The 5th annual IRBNet Ethics in Human Research Protection Award was awarded to Patricia Houser and the HRPP Office of Lifespan Corporation in Providence, RI.
Previous winners include:
2011: Baystate Health, Springfield, MA
2010: Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
2009: Nemours Corporation, Jacksonville, FL
2008: Elizabeth Bankert, Hanover, NH


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2013 Events
OHRP Community Forum
Orlando FL, March 15
PRIM&R Annual IACUC Conference
Baltimore MD, March 18-19
AAHRPP Annual Conference
Miami FL, April 3-5
NAIM Annual Conference
Atlanta GA, May 9-10
HCCA Research Compliance Conference
Austin TX, June 2-5
NCURA 55th Annual Meeting
Washington DC, August 4-7
PRIM&R Annual AER Conference
Boston, MA, November 7-9

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Editor's note
This newsletter is meant to inform and provoke thought on key issues in research compliance. We will continue to probe issues of importance in future newsletters. Please do not hesitate to write with suggestions for future topics or individuals to interview.
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