Guidance for Safety Reporting to Quorum After a Natural Disaster

This site contains the most up-to-date resources on human subject protection reporting for research sites in areas are affected by natural disasters.
Quorum Review IRB recognizes the potential severity of the situation confronting your research site. Natural disasters impose additional challenges to clinical research and, specifically, the protection of human subjects.


Temporary Disaster Policy

If a natural disaster causes a lapse in required reporting to Quorum, we will consider the report prompt if received within 10 days of the time normal clinic activities resume, whenever that may be.

Additional Resources

To access the Quorum Handbook, log in to the OnQ Portal and navigate to the “Resources” section.

You can also visit the “Help and Training” section of the OnQ Portal (login required) and locate a document titled
“Safety Reporting,” under the “Guidelines” heading.

Regulatory and Policy Information

Federal regulations, as well as Quorum policies, allow for intentional changes in approved research activities without prior approval whenever such a change is necessary to eliminate an apparent immediate hazard or is otherwise clearly within the best interest of participants.

In the event that a disaster occurs, any such changes that may be warranted should be reported to Quorum at the earliest possible opportunity. If this is the case, Quorum requires that regular reporting should resume within 10 days of the time normal clinic activities restart, whenever that may be.

Contact Information

If you need immediate assistance, please contact our Client Support team by emailing or calling (206) 448-4082 and selecting Option 1.

Additionally, we are monitoring our social media accounts for disaster-related communications. We are available on Twitter (@QuorumReview) and LinkedIn (Quorum Review – Independent Review Board).

You can direct-message us on either platform to receive assistance related to the conduct of research and human subject protection during severe disasters.

Building Community After Disaster

Our help goes beyond human subject protection, as the core of our mission centers around building a community dedicated to the well-being of all people. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who may be impacted as a result of this storm.

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