When a WCM-Q Principal Investigator (PI) collaborates with other Institutions, the PI will also need to follow the compliance requirements of the Collaborating Institution (CI).
If collaborators include WCM-NY, refer to Collaborating with WCM-NY
The WCM-Q PI must coordinate directly with the CI to confirm current requirements for approval and oversight at Institutions other than WCM-Q.
The WCM-Q PI should contact the IRB of record in Qatar to identify if there are any agreements in place for combined review and approval for Human Subjects Research.
For research protocols that involve activities that require IBC or IACUC oversight: Submission, review and approval for each location may be required as appropriate to the research.
Other documentation of site specific training, risk assessment or exemption may also be needed to secure funding or to demonstrate compliance.
If the WCM-Q PI collaborates with or otherwise conducts research at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the PI must coordinate directly with the Medical Research Center (MRC) at HMC to confirm current requirements.
For research involving collaborations with other sites, the Supreme Council of Health may require that the Institution(s) register with the SCH before research can commence. This is usually accomplished by a SCH IRB Assurance for the Protection of Human Subjects involved in Research or other types of SCH registrations associated with specific types of research activities.
Approvals are usually granted for only 1 year, so if an Institution already has an SCH IRB Assurance or otherwise is registered with SCH, the approval or registration may need to be renewed.
Refer to the SCH website for current information.
The WCM-Qatar Supreme Council of Health IRB Assurance Number is SCH-A-WCMCQ-joint-002
For any questions regarding SCH requirements contact the WCM-Q Office of Research Integrity.
The WCM-Q PI is responsible for managing the identification of requisite approvals to fulfill compliance requirements for a research protocol; this includes any activities conducted by Collaborating Investigators and Institutions as appropriate for each location.
Documentation and maintenance of such records are the responsibility of the WCM-Q PI and may be required before awarded grants or other funds can be released.