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  • IRB Forms & Templates

    The Metro Health Institutional Review Board (IRB) is charged with protecting the rights and welfare of participants in clinical trials and other human subjects research studies conducted at Metro Health. They are responsible for monitoring compliance with federal and state laws, hospital policies and ethical principles outlined in the Belmont Report.

    The following forms and templates are designed to assist the IRB with their review. If you have questions or are having trouble with any of the documents listed, please contact the Clinical Research Department at (616) 252-5020.

    Pre-Submission Tools & Templates

    Protocol Template   02/2012
    Informed Consent Form Template  03/2018
    External IRB Reliance Request Form   09/2014
    QA/QI Template 06/2016

    Electronic Submission System

    IRBManager is the electronic submission system used by Metro Health- University of Michigan Health for research involving human subjects. Please contact the IRB Office if you need assistance, have questions, or to request a consultation regarding IRBManager by calling 616-252-5026 or by emailing

    All prospective investigators should note that all IRB submissions must be made through IRBManager. Paper submissions, will not be accepted.

    IRBManager is a web-based tool and can be accessed from any internet browser. It is available at

    You will need a username and password to access the system for the first time. Your password should be kept confidential and not shared with anyone. See the IRBManager User Guide for instructions on how to set up an account or contact the office of the IRB as noted above.

    The IRBManager User Guide will also familiarize you with navigating the electronic system as well as these FAQ’s.

    IRBManager is Title 21 CFR Part 11 compliant.


    Conflict of Interest in Research Disclosure Form   8/2012
    Metro IRB Roster 5/2019
    Statement of Compliance   05/2018
    IRB Fees and Invoicing   6/2012
    2019 IRB Meeting Schedule

    Guidance Documents

    Guidance on Quality (QI/QA) Projects  7/2018
    Institutional Engagement in Research 7/2018
    Case Reports 7/2018
    HIPAA and Research FAQs 7/2018

  • Decision Making Tools

    The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) provides “Human Subject Regulations Decision Charts” to help researchers determine the proper level of review needed for their proposal. The table below lists the 11 different decision charts with a link directly to each one. If you need further guidance, please contact the IRB at or 616-252-5026.

    Question that is addressedChart
    Research Activity
    Is your activity considered researchChart 1 Research
    Exemptions to IRB Review
    Is your human subjects research eligible for an exempt review by the IRB?Chart 2, Exempt
    If yes, what exemption category applies to your project?
    Chart 3, Educational Setting Exemption
    Chart 4, Tests, Surveys, Interviews, Public Behavior Observation Exemption
    Chart 5, Existing Data, Documents, Records and Specimens Exemption
    Chart 6, Public Benefit or Service Programs Exemption
    Chart 7, Food Taste and Acceptance Studies Exemption
    Expedited Review by the IRB
    If no exemption applies, is your human subjects research eligible for an expedited review by the IRB?Chart 8, Expedited Review
    If your application is related to a continuing research, is that one eligible for an expedited review by the IRB?Chart 9, Expedited Continuing Review
    Informed Consent
    Can informed consent be waived or consent elements be altered?Chart 10, Waiving/Altering of informed consent
    Can documents of informed consent be waived?Chart 11, Waiving of documentation of informed consent