Submit a New Study to WIRB
I. Obtain a Financial Language Assessment (FLA) from the Office of Clinical Research (OCR)
Financial Language Assessments are issued by the Office of Clinical Research (formerly Research Administration and Compliance, RAC) to ensure that the fiscal language in study informed consents accurately reflects the correct terms for Costs and Subject Injury. You must include a copy of the FLA in order for WIRB to accept any new studies that involve the Gainesville Campus.
To obtain a FLA for your study, you will need to submit your study to the OCR using the electronic Human Subjects Research Intake Form.
Questions in the Intake Form will determine what other documents you will need to include in the submission to OCR. Note that you must factor in the time it will take you to prepare a correct & complete submission (plan additional time if you need to obtain UF Health Confirmation of Services Forms).
II. Obtain the Institutional Number for Your Study
All University of Florida Gainesville study submissions to WIRB require provision of an “Institutional Number.” This institutional number is a unique UF identifier that allows UF to map WIRB approval data back to specific UF protocols. This WIRB requirement applies to all submissions – new and continuing.
How Do I get the Institutional Number for my Study? UF uses the OCR# issued by the Office of Clinical Research as the Institutional Number. Since November 2009, the Institutional/OCR# has been provided on the Financial Language Assessment (FLA) form on the right side of the study information box at the top of the FLA form.
Note: Labels for this number have varied slightly over time; some older FLAs labeled this number “PS Proposal #” or “RAC Logbook #”. FLAs currently include the label “Institutional /OCR#.”
III. Complete a UF Cover Letter
All submissions from UF and Shands researchers to WIRB must include a copy of our UF Cover Letter. You must include the UF Cover Letter with your submission to WIRB to ensure:
A. that the paperwork approved by WIRB complies with UF specific requirements. For example- UF requires certain language in the Informed Consent form that WIRB does not necessarily require in consent forms for other institutions. Of considerable importance is that the Consent includes our relevant local language.
B. that UF and its research related offices are properly notified about the status of your research.
Failure to complete and include our UF cover letter can result in compliance issues for you later, the least of which may be having to revise your paperwork and resubmit to WIRB (which will obviously include a fee).
NOTE 1: Sometimes sponsors complete the paperwork and submit it to WIRB on your behalf. It is incumbent upon you, the PI, to insure that the UF cover letter is included with the submission. The administration is not likely to absolve you in a compliance situation if your excuse is “the sponsor submitted it for me”.
NOTE 2: DEVICE TRIALS: Since Shands is responsible for acquiring, storing, and billing for devices researchers must contact Shands prior to submitting to WIRB in order to facilitate the hospital’s acquisition and compliant billing of the devices. Please see https://rac.med.ufl.edu/preparation/billing-plan/device-study/ and the OCR Human Subjects Research Intake Form for details.
IV. Informed consent templates
NOTE 1: WIRB or your sponsor may have their own version of the consent. You will use either template and edit the relevant portions consistent with your answers on the UF Cover Sheet. For instance, UF’s specific language will include costs/payment associated with study and study-related injuries. UF Costs and Subject Injury language must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Clinical Research (see FLA section I above).
NOTE 2: If WIRB or your sponsor writes your informed consent for you, it is still your responsibility to ensure that the approved consent form has the relevant UF language.
NOTE 3: Please note that informed consent requirements regarding local language apply to all consents (including pregnant partners).
V. Submit to HURRC
Submit all new protocols (regardless of whether you believe the protocol includes radiation or not) to HURRC prior to submitting to WIRB. Complete and print our HURRC Cover Letter, enclose a copy of the protocol, and mail to: Susan Stanford Box 118340 Gainesville, FL 32611-8340 firstname.lastname@example.org.
VI. Obtain Pharmacy Verification
If your protocol involves drugs, biologics, or other agents you must complete both of the following steps:
A. Submit a copy of the sponsor’s protocol and Investigator Brochure (if available) to the UF Health Investigational Drug Service Pharmacy prior to submitting the study to WIRB. You may submit by email to the following address: IDS@shands.ufl.edu or by campus mail to: HSC Investigational Drug Service Pharmacy, Box 100316, Gainesville, FL 32610-0316. Please include current protocol, Investigator Brochure, and Pharmacy Manual (if available).
B. When submitting your project to WIRB you need to include a copy of the WIRB Pharmacy cc letter. This will ensure that WIRB directly notifies the UF Health Investigational Drug Service Pharmacy about all of the approvals for your project: initial, continuing review, as well as amendments. Failure to send this letter to WIRB can result in your project/treatment being delayed while pharmacy verifies that your project or project revisions have been approved by WIRB.
VII. Obtain Institutional Biosafety Committee Review (if applicable)
If your study involves Human Gene Therapy, you MUST
A. Notify Michael Mahoney at (352) 294-2744 prior to submitting the study to WIRB.
B. Submit a copy of your project to the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) at UF. You may not use the IBC at WIRB. A project that needs IBC review cannot begin until it has the approval of both the UF IBC and IRB. Click here IBC Cover Letter for additional information about submitting paperwork to the UF IBC. For more information, contact UF IBC, Box 112190, UF, Gainesville, FL 32611.
VII. Submit to WIRB
- Submissions can be entered electronically or submitted via downloaded forms.
- WIRBNet login is available on the top right side of any WIRB webpage: https://wirb.com.
- Note: you must register with WIRB Client Services to access WIRBNet.
- Downloadable forms are available at: https://wirb.com/Pages/DownloadForms.aspx
- Initial Review FAQs: https://wirb.com/Pages/FAQ.aspx?LinkedClickable=44
Working with WIRB Brown Bag Slides, presented by Jacob Johnson, July 22, 2020