Office of Responsible Research Practices
The Ohio State University


Updates to the Buck-IRB system

Posted: November 2, 2018

New updates to the Buck-IRB submission system went live on November 1, 2018.

This update involves the Waiver of Consent/Assent/Parental Permission pages and Alteration of Consent/Parental Permission pages.  This is the first in a series of revisions that will take place over the next several months in preparation for the Common Rule changes that take effect on January 21, 2019.  This update involves an additional question added to the above-mentioned pages for studies requesting a consent waiver and/or alteration for the use of identifiable private information and/or bio-specimens. See below for more information regarding this change:

  • The new question requests that a rationale be provided to justify why the research could not be practicably conducted without using information or bio-specimens in an identifiable format
  • Implementing the question now allows new IRB applications and amendments involving consent waivers/alterations to be reviewed in a manner that will be compliant with both the current and revised Common Rule
  • Reduces the need for researchers to submit a separate amendment to address this new criterion after January 21, 2019
  • No revisions were made to the HIPAA waiver and/or alteration pages

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For additional information about this Buck-IRB update, please contact Michael Donovan at

Category : Buck-IRB / IRB / ORRP