IRB Services

“Learn more about how we provide clients with an IRB solution that adapts to their needs, processes, and preferences.”

Raffaella Hart, MS, CIP
Sr. Vice President, IRB and IBC Services


Establishing a new relationship with an Independent IRB may seem complicated. We help make it easy with an efficient, connected, and flexible approach.


AAHRPP Accreditation & Academic Medical Center Ownership
We have full AAHRPP accreditation, which was granted in 2006. In our 22 years since inception we have served as an IRB for multi-site research studies and a local institutional review board to academic medical centers, research organizations, and research sites. And because we were founded and currently owned by four nationally-recognized academic medical centers we have always held ourselves to the same high standards as these institutions.

Efficiency & Flexibility
Over the years, we’ve developed an efficient IRB review process that can be adapted to fit the needs of your institution.


Full Board Review (Greater than minimal risk)

Timelines for submissions requiring review by the convened IRB
First RowSecond Row
Frequency of IRB Meetings2 meetings per week
Screening of New SubmissionsBegins within 1 business day of receipt
When will IRB review occurComplete submissions reviewed within 7 days or less
Notification of IRB decisionsCommunicated within 1-2 days of the meeting


Exempt/Expedited Review (Minimal risk)

First RowSecond Row
Review frequencyDaily
Screening of New SubmissionsBegins within 1 business day of receipt
When will IRB review occurComplete submissions reviewed and decision communicated within 7 days or less
Additional sites for multisite studiesReviewed in 1 business day


Connected IRB Model
We understand that institutions need to stay connected to all their studies and oversee their entire research program. Our Connected IRB Model helps maintain this connection by promoting communication across the key institutional stakeholders and serving as an extension of your research team. This includes email alerts for investigators and research coordinators as well as specific alerts for critical study concerns such as unanticipated problems involving risks to subjects or others.

Compliance & Auditing
Our compliance department routinely screens active research and selects studies for in-person or remote compliance review. This helps organizations meet their post-approval monitoring goals.

Internal Compliance
BRANY IRB also looks critically at its own processes and procedures through regular internal compliance audits to ensure the highest levels of compliance with federal regulations and AAHRPP standards.

Thoughtful, Collaborative Approach
Our staff works closely with the institution’s leadership, IRB administration, and research compliance representatives to understand the specific requirements and preferences for working together. Our clients have expressed their appreciation for this level of involvement. It helps pave the way for strong and successful relationships.

Expert Committee & Staff
Many of our IRB committee members are physicians, pharmacists, and nurses from leading academic medical centers. Representation on our institutional review board committee includes thought leaders from a wide range of therapeutic areas with diverse backgrounds and decades of experience as IRB members. BRANY staff includes Certified IRB Professionals, legal experts, and research professionals many with more than 10 years of experience in IRB administration. Your team will also be given access to IRBManager™ for online study submission and management.

Privacy Board
BRANY IRB can serve as the Privacy Board if needed. We can help ensure applicable requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Rule for use or disclosure of protected health information for research purposes are met.