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VI. Membership on the UT Arlington IRB

1. Appointment of Members- The IRB Chair recommends to the Vice President for Research the appointment of all IRB members and their alternates. IRB members are appointed to three (3) year terms. After their initial appointment, members (and alternates) may be reappointed for no more than two (2) additional consecutive terms. The appointment of members (and alternates) should not exceed three (3) consecutive terms or a total of nine (9) consecutive years of service on the IRB.

Should a member have 3 absences from consecutive IRB meetings, he/she can be removed at the discretion of the IRB Chair.

2. Regular Members- The IRB has at least five (5) members with varying types of expertise, experience, and diversity to promote complete and adequate review of human subject research at UT Arlington. At least one member should be from outside UT Arlington (i.e., not otherwise affiliated with UT Arlington and who is not part of the immediate family of a person who is affiliated with UT Arlington) and represent community interests and values. Membership will also include at least one member whose primary concerns are in nonscientific areas.

3. Responsibilities- Responsibilities of members include (i) attending IRB meetings; (ii) determining the appropriate type of review for submitted protocols (exempt, expedited, full board); (iii) reviewing protocols to be discussed at IRB meetings; (iv) being prepared to discuss issues related to human participants protections at IRB meetings; (v) serving as primary reviewer at IRB meetings or on expedited protocols when requested by the IRB Chair; (vi) being informed about the specific requirements regulating the participation of human subjects in research; and (vii) maintaining the confidentiality of IRB meeting discussions.

4. Compensation of IRB Members- IRB members do not generally receive monetary compensation above their University salary for participation on the board. The IRB Chair may receive financial compensation and/or release time authorized by the Office of the VPR to ensure a sustained level of high performance.

5. Member Liability– IRB members are covered by UT Arlington general liability coverage when acting within the course and scope of their IRB duties.

6. Alternate Members–Alternate members of the IRB are appointed three (3) year terms and may be reappointed as alternate members or appointed as a regular member. Total service to the IRB should not exceed three (3) consecutive terms or nine (9) consecutive years.

Alternates serve at-large and only vote when replacing a regular member. If both the alternate and the regular member attend the same meeting, only one vote will be counted. In such cases, the meeting minutes reflect the primary member as the voting member.

7. Non-Voting Members- The VPR may, at his/her discretion, recruit non-voting (ex officio) members from among the academic or administrative Staff of UT Arlington, whose presence at the meetings of the IRB would aid the IRB in conducting its duties. These members may take part in all meetings of the IRB, participate in the discussions, and make recommendations to influence decisions, but they may not vote on the decisions. Non-voting members are not included in determining or establishing a quorum (see Section IX, Part G) at the meetings. IRB meeting minutes reflect the presence of non-voting members.

8. Consultants/Ad hoc Reviewers- At its discretion, the UT Arlington IRB may invite scientists or non-scientists from within or outside UT Arlington, who have special expertise, to function as consultants and ad hoc reviewers of a protocol application. These individuals have access to all documents submitted to the IRB relevant to the specific project under review, may participate at the deliberations and make recommendations on the project, but may not vote.

9. Conflicts of Interest- IRB members may not participate in the initial or continuing review of any project in which the IRB member has a conflict of interest, except to provide information requested by the board. In cases where the initial reviewer has a conflict of interest, that study application is re-assigned to another reviewer or taken to the full board. When the investigator-member has a conflicting interest, he or she may be present at IRB meetings, like any investigator, only to provide information requested by the board. He or she must leave the meeting room during the subsequent discussion and voting phases of the review and may not vote (e.g., abstain, table, approve, disapprove) on the study. Members that are absent during the vote do not count toward a quorum. Minutes reflect whether or not these requirements have been met.

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