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IRB Review of the Use of Social Media in Research

Winter Edition | December 2012

Quorum Review’s Cami Gearhart, JD, CEO, recently published a peer-reviewed article on the use of social media in research in The Monitor ‘s December 2012 issue. Cami’s article, entitled “IRB Review of the Use of Social Media in Research,” provides a synopsis of the current regulatory environment as it pertains to social media and IRBs.

As Cami states in the article, social media is a powerful tool that researchers should be able to take advantage of by working closely with IRBs to develop appropriate social media communication plans. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) have provided little guidance on the use of social media tools and communication in research.

Cami’s article addresses current regulations as pertaining to communication and the protection of rights and welfare of research subjects. It also provides basic guidance for Sponsors and research sites that use social media in communications or recruiting.

To learn more about the IRB’s role in reviewing the use of social media in research and Cami’s article, download the pdf here.

Also, learn more about Cami Gearhart, JD, and CEO of Quorum Review.

The Monitor is an Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) published magazine featuring peer-reviewed articles, columns, and opinion pieces by Association leaders and news updates from internal and external sources.

Cami acknowledges Quorum Review Regulatory Attorneys Claire Carbary, Mitchell Parrish, and Deborah Holland for their assistance in preparing this article.

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