Welcome to the Institutional Review Board for the Social and Behavioral Post Approval Monitoring and Education (IRB-SBS PAM & Ed). The purpose of the IRB-SBS PAM & Ed program is to protect research participants and provide on-going support for IRB-SBS researchers as they conduct human subjects research that is compliant with federal regulations.  

Researcher education is essential to our purpose. Our education programs include:

  • Quarterly Investigator Newsletter
  • IRB-SBS Research Compliance Discussions
  • Randomly Selected Protocol Reviews (on-site and remote)
  • Research Education Hour Q&A (online chats)
  • Compliance Check-up

Post approval monitoring is conducted in accordance with the IRB-SBS PAM & Ed Administrative Guidance, as well as the Human Research Protection Program Standard Operating Procedures.  The goals of the IRB-SBS PAM & Ed program are to:

  • ensure the rights and well-being of research participants
  • ensure the quality and integrity of the research
  • identify educational needs, providing resources to meet those needs
  • ensure compliance with federal, state, local and institutional regulations and guidelines
  • identify areas of strength, as well as areas needing improvement, in research policies and practice

Types of review include the Compliance Check-up, Full PAM Reviews (remote or on-site), and Consent Process Observation. The review process includes involvement from not only the compliance monitor, but also from the Principal Investigator, study team members, the SBS PAM Advisory Committee, and the IRB-SBS. For more information regarding the review process, see our FAQs.

For more information about IRB-SBS research education events, check out Education on the IRB-SBS website.

The Optional Investigator Self-Assessment Tool helps you to determine quickly if you are conducting research that matches your approved protocol and is compliant with federal regulations. This Optional Investigator Self-Assessment Tool is also useful to help you prepare for a Full PAM Review, which is a more in-depth look at your study processes. Working with Andrea Ruhsam, Post Approval Monitor and Educator, can help you identify and resolve any problem areas which can both protect your participants and prevent potential disruptions to your study. 

Subscribe to our Quarterly Investigator Newsletter for the latest Education events and IRB-SBS updates!

The Annual PAM Report to the IRB-SBS for 2022 is available here.



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