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How do I obtain a SMART IRB account and submit a request for Ohio State to be the IRB of record for a multi-site study in the online reliance system?

You will first need to request an account from SMART IRB to obtain access to the online system.

  • First-time users must request access to the system here: https://reliance.smartirb.org/invitations/new
  • Next, using the new SMART IRB account, login to the system and follow the SMART IRB checklist “Initiating a request in the Online Reliance Platform” to submit the request for Ohio State to serve as the IRB of record.  Login to the main SMART IRB online reliance platform here: https://smartirb.org/reliance/
  • Once Ohio State and the relying IRB offices sign the SMART IRB request, you will receive email notification confirming the reliance arrangement.
  • A “SMART IRB Letter of Determination” will be generated by the system that is uploaded to Buck-IRB in the “Research Location” section of the application (the Buck-IRB upload is often completed by Ohio State IRB staff while your submission is in review.)
  • Timing recommendation: Submit an amendment to add a relying site in Buck-IRB before you submit the study to the SMART IRB platform.

For more information on multi-site research at Ohio State visit:  Single IRB (sIRB) for Multi-Site Research

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