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  1. Does Quorum review research that will be conducted at Canadian sites

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    Yes. Quorum’s North American Board is an institutional review board/research ethics board that meets on Wednesdays and is authorized to review research involving Canadian sites. Some Canadian sites may qualify for a daily review of sites; other site and protocol reviews will be scheduled for the North American meeting. Read more about our North American review.

  2. Does Quorum review research in Canada?

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    Yes. Quorum Review IRB maintains an ethics review board (referred to as the “North American” Board) and serves as a duly convened research ethics board (REB) and central institutional review board (IRB). The North American Board complies with applicable regulatory requirements and meets every Wednesday and Friday to review U.S. and Canadian studies. Quorum is AAHRPP-accredited and accepts both privately and publicly funded research in Canada. Read more about our North American review here, or contact us for more information.

  3. What submission documents are required by Quorum?

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    Quorum requires the following documents:

    • “Site Information Questionnaire: Primary Research Facility” form
    • Principal investigator’s Curriculum Vitae including clinical research experience with human subjects and education (if applicable,the principal investigator needs to submit a CV to Quorum only once)
    • Medical License
      • Quorum Review IRB verifies the PI’s medical license for all locations where he/she will be conducting research under Quorum Review’s jurisdiction.
      • If the PI is conducting research in a location which does not provide online license verification (e.g. Puerto Rico, certain Canadian provinces, etc.), submission of the PI’s medical license(s) is required.
      • If you do not know if online license verification is available for the location(s) applicable to the PI’s medical license(s), it is recommended to include a copy of the PI’s medical license(s) with the PI’s site submission.
      • If Quorum Review is unable to verify the PI’s medical license(s), processing of the PI’s site submission will be delayed.
  4. Will all my Board correspondence post to the OnQ Portal?

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    All Board correspondence will be posted to the OnQ Portal for U.S. and Canadian studies. Sponsors that are approved to conduct research in both the U.S. and Canada will see two separate links to their approval documents when logging into the OnQ Portal. One link will route you to the U.S. arm and another link will route you to the Canadian arm. To easily identify the Canadian arm vs. the U.S. arm, Quorum has assigned an identical Quorum Review tracking number (QR#) with an addition suffix for the Canadian arm. The U.S. arm will contain our standard 5 digit number (e.g. QR# 23333) and the Canadian arm will be assigned the same number with an additional suffix (e.g. QR# 23333CDN).

  5. Does Quorum have a physical office in Canada?

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    Yes. Quorum Review IRB has an office in Canada; however, our staff is available at the main office in Seattle to support Canadian sites and research. Please send all submissions to the main Seattle office.

  6. Why do I have to be TCPS 2 compliant when my study is not publicly funded?

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    Since many organizations in Canada have voluntarily elected to adopt TCPS 2, even if they are not required to do so, there is a likelihood that we will encounter a site that will require Quorum to comply with the TCPS 2. As a matter of policy we therefore apply the TCPS 2 to all studies unless the organization provides and explanation regarding why it should not apply.

  7. What is TCPS 2?

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    The Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS 2) is a Canadian Government policy statement that sets ethics standards for conducting research on human subjects. The agencies that make up Tri-Council are as follows: (1) Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), (2) Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and (3) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). These agencies will consider funding organizations that certify that they will comply with the TCPS 2 for the research study involving human subjects. Many organizations apply the TCPS 2 standards to all studies even if only specific studies are being funded by one of the three agencies. In addition, many organizations voluntarily apply the TCPS 2 to all studies as a matter of policy even if no public funding is being received for any study.

  8. Does Quorum review research in Canada?

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    Yes. Quorum Review IRB maintains an ethics review board (referred to as the “North American” Board) and serves as a both a duly convened research ethics board (REB) as well as a central institutional review board (IRB). The North American Board complies with Canadian and U.S. requirements and meets every Wednesday and Friday to review U.S. and Canadian studies. Quorum accepts both privately and publicly funded research. Quorum is subject to the same provincial restrictions that apply to other central REBs in Canada. Therefore, Quorum does not provide review in Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Saskatchewan. In Quebec, Quorum reviews only studies involving adult participants.

  9. What is a research ethics board (REB)?

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    A “research ethics board” (REB) performs the same function in Canada as an IRB does in the U.S. (see above). An REB is a group of individuals responsible for reviewing a study to make sure that the research participant’s rights and welfare are protected. Most clinical research studies cannot begin in Canada without REB approval. REB members generally include health care personnel such as doctors, nurses, and pharmacists. The REB also includes other members of the scientific community, non-scientists such as clergy or social workers, and community members. The REB carries out its responsibility to protect the rights and welfare of research subjects by reviewing the protocol to make sure that risks to participants are minimized, that risks are acceptable in light of the possible benefits, that the informed consent document is accurate and complete in describing the study and its risks and benefits, and that the clinical research study is conducted in an ethical manner. If the REB believes that these conditions have been met, it may approve the study and allow it to begin. Once the clinical research study begins, the REB is responsible for periodically reviewing the approved study to assure that the rights and welfare of research participants continue to be appropriately protected. Usually, the informed consent document will provide the research participant with a phone number to contact the clinical investigator or the REB if the participant has a question or concern about how the study is being conducted.

  10. Under what regulatory authorities does Quorum operate?

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    Quorum provides review services in accordance with the ICH Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice. For research to be conducted in the U.S., Quorum applies the requirements for institutional review boards found in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations (21 CFR Part 56) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulations (21 CFR Parts 50 & 56). For research to be conducted within Canada, Quorum Review applies the requirements for research ethics boards found in the Canadian Food and Drug regulations (Part C, Division 5). Quorum conducts its review in accordance with the ethical principles outlined in the Belmont Report.