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Q. We recently held our first meeting with our DSMB and they have just provided their report with recommendations. We would like to submit this report to the IRB, but it is unclear which steps we need to follow. Do we need to use the guide titled “How to Submit a Deviation Report”? The DSMB feedback is related to the design of our intervention, and not with the reporting of any adverse events.
Any feedback is appreciated.
A: Here are our policies on submitting this type of information:
126.96.36.199 Reporting of Safety Monitors’ Reports with Recommended Changes to the IRB
This is done by submitting a Reportable Event and New Information Form (RENI). One of the radio buttons in this form is for DSMB reports with recommended changes.
Here are instructions for submitting this form.
The RENI should attach the DSMB report/letter and describe the recommendations. The subsequent amendment should incorporate the changes by revising the INSPIR application, consent, etc., as needed. The amendment description should explain each change and provide a justification.