Sep, 2017 - Printable Version

Inside this issue:

Message from the Director

AAHRPP is coming to UIC! It seems that we blinked and summer has past us by.  Students have returned to the classroom, the weather has a chill in the air, and it is time to prepare for our Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) re-accreditation site visit, which will occur November 13 and 14, 2017.  As you may recall, the June 2017 Newsletter included an article about AAHRPP; however, as we prepare for the site visit it will be important for research Faculty and Staff to become more familiar with this process.

What is AAHRPP?

AAHRPP is an independent not for profit accrediting body that evaluates human subject (or research) protection programs (HSPP or HRPP) to determine whether the HSPP meets their high standards.   AAHRPP promotes high-quality ethically sound research.

Why is AAHRPP Accreditation important?

Institutions that are AAHRPP accredited are able to provide an assurance to research subjects, investigators, the general public, sponsors, and governmental regulatory agencies that the HSPP not only follows the required rules and regulations set before them but goes above those minimum requirements with a goal of demonstrated commitment to scientifically and ethically sound research.

I’m an investigator, why should I care?

As an investigator, you may be asked to attend an interview to describe your interactions with the rest of the HSPP.  The site visitors may review your protocol file within the OPRS or your grant/contract may be reviewed in ORS.  The AAHRPP accreditation process affects the entire HSPP including (but not limited to) investigators, key research personnel, IRB members, OPRS, the Institutional Official, the Conflict of Interest Office, the Investigational Drug Service, the Institutional Biosafety Committee, ORS, University Counsel, and more.  Our research does not occur in silos, neither does our HSPP.

You have my attention, now what?

When we receive the draft agenda from AAHRPP, we will reach out to the selected interviewees to schedule a meeting or two to help prepare you for the site visit.  We will also release additional information via the OPRS website, emails, and/or additional newsletters.  If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Barbara Corpus at 3-8457 or and she will be happy to answer any questions regarding the accreditation process and site visit with you.

In this newsletter you will find exciting news about changes that OPRS has recently implemented to help streamline the submission and review process.

I wish each of you every success in your research endeavors.

Elaine Fluder
OPRS Director

Revised Initial Review Form for Health and Biological Sciences Research 

Contributed By Charles Hoehne and Barbara Corpus

The UIC Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Mitra Dutta, and the Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS) are pleased to introduce a new and improved Health and Biological Sciences Initial Review Application. The application has been revised to remove some of the duplicative information that is found within the protocol document and, thus, removed the potential for inconsistencies.

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OPRS Policy Update: Department Head Approval Requirements

Contributed by Barbara Corpus and Teresa Johnston

Department Head approval will no longer be required for the following OPRS Live submissions:

  • Continuing Review Applications
  • Final Reports
  • Amendments involving a change in Principal Investigator
  • Claim of Exemption Applications

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OPRS Live Enhancements  

Contributed by Charles Hoehne

OPRS is pleased to announce the following enhancements of the OPRS electronic submissions system, OPRS Live.

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Overview of Online Investigator Training  

Contributed by Charles Hoehne

As per institutional policy, the Principal Investigator is ultimately responsible to ensure that all individuals involved in the research receive both adequate training, including human subjects protection training, and oversight in accordance to the roles these individuals perform in the research. The goal of this article is to help Principal Investigators manage this responsibility.

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OVCR Brown Bag Lunches - Resources for Faculty 

Contributed by OVCR

For those of you new to UIC, or for those of you who would like a refresher on the resources offered by OVCR to the research community, Dr. Dutta would like to give you the opportunity to meet with staff from OVCR.  We have set up the following brown bag lunches and encourage you to attend as many as you like.  OVCR will provide beverages and we encourage you to bring your lunch to these informal discussions.  Each session will consist of a brief presentation followed by the opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues. In order to help us plan, we ask that you RSVP for each session at .

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Did you Know? 

Contributed by Charles Hoehne

  • Consistent with federal mandates and research best practices for human subjects research, OPRS has implemented a plan to assess and improve the quality, effectiveness, and compliance within the Human Subject Protections Program (HSPP). One component of the Quality Improvement Program (QIP) is the QIP-Toolbox. The QIP Toolbox includes logs, checklists and guidance to assist with the documentation of clinical research activities in a GCP compliant manner. Information about the QIP and the QIP Toolbox is available online:

    For additional information about the QIP and related policies, please contact the following OPRS staff:

    Jennifer Joaquin
    Associate Director of Research Compliance

    Marcia Halerz
    Assistant Director of Research Compliance

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