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Evaluation Instrument for Accreditation

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Latest Update: May 15, 2022

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION DOMAIN I: ORGANIZATION DOMAIN II: INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD OR ETHICS COMMITTEE DOMAIN III: RESEARCHER AND RESEARCH STAFF TABLES

ELEMENT I.1.H.

ELEMENT I.1.H.: The organization has and follows written policies and procedures specifically designed to protect the rights and welfare of research participants during an emergency. 
Emergency preparedness and response should be an integral part of the entire HRPP. Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of research participants is paramount. Organizations should develop a risk-based emergency preparedness and response plan to ensure sustainability of the HRPP to ensure the rights and welfare of research participants are protected. 

Regulatory and guidance references


Required written materials

  1. Essential requirements:
    1. The HRPP has an emergency preparedness and response plan, appropriate to the size and complexity of the HRPP, that addresses how continuity of operations will be maintained to ensure human participant protections during an emergency. (Element I.1.A.)
    2. The emergency preparedness and response plan is periodically evaluated and, when necessary, adjusted to ensure continuity of operations.
    3. Organizations provide education about the organization’s emergency response and preparedness plan for IRB members and staff, researchers and research staff, and other persons in the HRPP. (Element I.1.E.)
    4. Persons in the HRPP are knowledgeable about the organization’s expectations during emergencies.

Common types of materials that may be used to meet the element

  • Plans
  • Educational Materials
  • Evaluation Reports

Outcomes

  • The organization plans for emergencies, educates those in the HRPP, and responds effectively to ensure the sustainability of the HRPP.


Proceed To: STANDARD I-2