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Submitting Documents to the IRB

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Mariette Marsh, Director
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Christine Melton-Lopez, Assistant Director 
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Mason Burchfield, IRB Coordinator
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Gina Fimbres, IRB Associate
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Jared Pryor, IRB Associate
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Francisco Soto, IRB Associate
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Jessica Winters, IRB Associate
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All materials must be submitted to the IRB electronically through vpr-irb@email.arizona.edu.

  • When submitting materials, it is important that each e-mail contain items for one project only. For example, the e-mail may contain the protocol, consent documents, and investigator brochure for one study.
  • Do not submit additional information regarding a study or protocol until the submission has been approved.
  • Do not submit hand written IRB applications as it makes it harder for the staff to provide the research team with and changes that are needed.
  • Submit only completed, fully-signed documents.
  • An e-mail acknowledgement in place of a signature is prefered and acceptable.

When submitting your materials to the IRB, the e-mail subject line must include:

  • IRB # (if assigned)
  • Principal Investigator’s last name
  • Type of Submission (new project, amendment, renewal, reportable item, etc.)

The body of the e-mail must include a list of the documents being submitted.  Each document attached to the e-mail should be named to clearly reflect its content.

Microsoft Word® documents are REQUIRED for:

  • Consents
  • Recruitment materials
  • Data collection instruments (if available)

Materials that are typically not revised by the IRB, such as investigator brochures, and sponsor protocols, may be submitted in PDF.

It is recommended that version dates be used when naming documents.

Items that do not meet the submission requirements will be returned without review.

If the IRB requires changes to a submission, changes must be submitted to the IRB within 30 days of the pre-review email that is sent to the PI. If a response to the IRB or additional information is not provided within 30 days of the pre-review email, the submission will be withdrawn. If the PI decides after the submission has been withdrawn that they want the items to be reviewed then the submission will need to be resubmitted to the IRB and depending on signature dates it may require that new signatures be obtained. 

Please contact HSPP with questions.