Resources

  • IRB review and approval is required for all research involving human participants conducted by Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center or Penn State College of Medicine. Approval must be obtained prior to including human participants in an investigation. Below are helpful resources for researchers preparing an IRB submission. New researchers are encouraged to request a Consultation with an IRB coordinator.
For recent announcements and new procedures see HSPO Updates.

IRB REVIEW

 

CATS IRB SUBMISSONS

All IRB submissions are made online in the CATS IRB system which may be accessed at http://irb.psu.edu

  • CATS IRB Library  -  The online IRB Library contains all of the required templates and resources needed to make a submission, as well as an IRB Study Submission Guide, and the Investigator Manual for reference.
  • CATS Help link   - Provides an Introduction to navigation, accessing a study, updating your training records, understanding My Inbox, plus sections on Submitting a Study and more Help for Specific Pages.  
  • For a list of drop-in CATS IRB HELP HOURS and WORKSHOPS times see Educational Resources
     
  • Steps for PRAMS Studies that Convert to CATS IRB
    Once a PRAMS study converts to CATS IRB, at the next modification or continuation review for the study complete the steps outlined in these documents (which are available from the Templates tab in the CATS IRB Library).
       - HRP-503b How to Upload a Protocol for a Converted Study HY
       - HRP 503d Next Steps for Converted Studies - For Researchers 
  • Updating Consent Forms and Converting Parental Permission Forms  - Follow these instructions to update older consent forms to the new format, and to convert Parental Permission Forms to Consent Forms. 
     

OTHER FORMS AND REFERENCE   

 

RESEARCH RESOUCES