External IRB Requests

October 29, 2020

Employees of MSU (faculty and staff), students of MSU, and agents of MSU (i.e. individuals engaged by MSU to conduct human subject research on behalf of MSU) conducting human subject research activities are required to obtain MSU IRB review and approval, an MSU IRB exempt determination, or to submit an application to the MSU HRPP to request reliance upon an external (non-MSU) IRB.

For employees, students or agents of MSU who will be collaborating with external (non-MSU) investigators who wish to obtain IRB approval from an external (non-MSU) IRB, an external IRB request must first be submitted in Click to the MSU HRPP for review and determination before engaging in research with human subjects. The MSU HRPP cannot make a determination about reliance on an external IRB prior to receipt and review of an external IRB request. We highly recommend that you contact the HRPP early and as soon as possible, as the decision of which IRB should serve as IRB of record may require discussions between the institution’s IRBs.

MSU does not enter into reliance agreements for exempt research. For employees, students or agents of MSU who will be collaborating in exempt research with external (non-MSU) investigators, MSU will need to make its own exempt determination. A new study submission will need to be created in Click for review and determination.

Please review the Reliance FAQs for more information: https://hrpp.msu.edu/help/reliance/reliance-faqs.html.