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IRB Message to Researchers regarding County 'Shelter in Place' Order

March 17, 2020

Dear Research Community,

Given the Shelter in Place orders in effect in six Bay Area counties, all in-person research activities must be suspended. Please use our "COVID-19 Related Modification/Amendment" xForm to request changes to (a) protocol timing (e.g., regarding follow-up study visits), (b) move activities that are currently described as in-person only to online when possible, and (c) change data storage/access to facilitate remote work. Please also develop a plan for informing subjects of the changes. Modifications required for currently active studies given the shelter in place orders will be prioritized for review. Please note that some changes may require a change in level of review (e.g., if you didn't previously collect identifying information but will do so for the online activities), which may add to the review time. If you implemented a change prior to securing IRB approval to eliminate apparent immediate hazards to the subject, please submit a Reportable Events form as soon as possible. As always, please contact us with any questions.

Wishing you all well,

Amanda M. Fanniff, Ph.D. Associate Professor Palo Alto University 1791 Arastradero Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94304 (650) 383-7367 Pronouns: She/Her/Hers (What's this?)