The following conditions apply to human subjects research that is conducted in collaboration between WCM-NY and WCM-Q.
As of 2013, the IRB of record in Qatar is the Joint Institutional Review Board (JIRB).
Human Subjects Research Activities in Qatar Only
If the research involves subjects (or in case of study of pre-existing materials, the materials) that are ONLY in Qatar and which include investigators at WCM-NY, a collaborative review will be facilitated by the IRB of record in Qatar.
The WCM-Q investigator will submit the protocol for review via the IRB application system used in Qatar.
Once a protocol has been reviewed and approved by the IRB of record in Qatar, this IRB will be the designated IRB: All subsequent submissions, reviews and approvals for that protocol will be done through that IRB.
WCM-NY IRB member(s) will be assigned as reviewers on the protocol if they are not members of the IRB of record in Qatar.
Consent documents for research conducted in Qatar must be translated into Arabic, Hindi, and/or the appropriate language(s) for the subject cohort(s) to be recruited.
Final approval authority will remain with the IRB of record in Qatar.
Currently approved WCM-NY IRB protocols that recruit subjects in Qatar will need to migrate the study oversight to the IRB of record in Qatar.
Subsequent continuing reviews will be through the IRB of record in Qatar.
Both campuses are required to comply with the terms of the IRB Assurance filed with the Supreme Council of Health in Qatar.
If the research is funded by US government funds then both campuses are required to comply with the terms of the Federalwide Assurance(s) filed with Office of Human Research Protections in the US.
Either campus may limit its participation in a given research protocol based on the local cultural and political context.
Human Subjects Research Activities Not in Qatar
If the research involves subjects (or in case of study of pre-existing materials, the materials) that are NOT in Qatar which includes investigators at both WCM-Q and WCM-NY, the WCM-NY IRB will review the research and serve as the IRB of record.
The WCM-NY IRB submission and review process will be followed.
Once a protocol has been reviewed and approved by the WCM-NY IRB, this IRB will be the designated IRB and all subsequent submissions, reviews and approvals for that protocol will be done through the WCM-NY IRB.
Human Subjects Research Activities in Qatar & Elsewhere
If the research includes investigators at both WCM-Q and WCM-NY and the subjects are in Qatar AND elsewhere, the IRB of record in Qatar and WCM-NY IRB may both review the protocol through their respective submission and review processes as appropriate to the nature and type of research.
For research protocols that involve collaboration between WCM-Q and WCM-NY and involve activities that require IBC or IACUC oversight: Submission, review and approval for each location may be required as appropriate to the protocol and research activities conducted at each site.
Other documentation of site specific training, risk assessment or exemption may also be needed to secure funding or to demonstrate compliance.
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.Back to Top