Kuali Research Protocols (KRP): Department Chair Sign Off

Kuali Research Protocols (KRP):  Department Chair Sign Off

Coming March 1, 2022, Department Chair (or their designee) sign off will be required before final IRB approval can be released.  As a reminder, this is the same requirement the IRB had prior to migration to KRP

Why is Department Chair Review Needed?

The IRB, in conjunction with the Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) unit in the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS), Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee (PRMC), Department Chairs, and School Deans, as well as external entities including Cooperative Groups consider scientific review to ensure that risks to subjects are:  

  • Minimized by using procedures that are consistent with sound research design and which do not unnecessarily expose subjects to risk
  • Reasonable in relation to any anticipated benefits and the importance of the knowledge that may reasonably be expected to result

The Department Chair may also review the study’s scientific merit relative to the research design and the likelihood of the research achieving its aims.

Department Chairs submitting an IRB approval will not need clearance from School Deans. The IRB believes that Department Chair protocols should be written at a level that supports the above points.

Next Steps in KRP:
An email will be sent to the Department Chair advising that there is a new protocol submitted in their Department.  The email will include a link to the protocol. If the Department Chair has any comments or concerns, they will communicate with their colleagues to request changes or ask for clarifications outside of KRP. When ready, the Department Chair will sign off on the protocol via the Ancillary Committee tab by marking ‘Approved.’

For more information about KRP, please see the original announcement and/or refer to our IRB Listservs. Please contact HRP Stafffor questions related to IRB submissions, and please contact ERA for technical questions related to KRP.


Institutional Review Board
Human Research Protections (HRP)
Version January 11, 2022

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