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Springfield Committee for Research
Involving Human Subjects

In accordance with federal and institutional regulations and prior to project implementation, the IRB must approve any study that involves human subjects research. This includes any study which is: (1) sponsored by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SIU-SOM); (2) conducted in any SIU-SOM facility; or (3) conducted by SIU-SOM faculty, staff, residents or medical students. Research to be performed by a community-based investigator and/or research to be conducted in any SIU-SOM affiliated hospitals or sites may also be reviewed by SCRIHS with the appropriate authorization agreements.

New Information

Informed Consent Form Template Revised

SCRIHS recently revised the Informed Consent Form (ICF) template. One of the main revisions to the ICF is the incorporation of HIPAA language. This means a separate HIPAA Authorization will no longer be required.

All new protocol submissions must use this new ICF template. All other active protocols must convert to the new ICF template no later than the next scheduled continuing review.

All ICFs entered into iRIS MUST be Microsoft Word documents - pdfs will not be accepted.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact SCRIHS staff.

Reproductive Risks/Birth Control Language

St. John's Hospital has recently provided SCRIHS with reproductive risks/birth control language that will need to be inserted into consent form documents where applicable. This language is consistent with the Ethical and Religious Directives of St. John's and St. John's Children's Hospital.

This language is only required under the following circumstances:

  • New protocol; AND
  • St. John's Hospital is listed as a study site; AND
  • The protocol involves reproductive risks

This new language can be found in the newly revised SCRIHS ICF template. The new language should be used effective immediately. This language is "as is" and cannot be changed in any way.

Revised SCRIHS Policies and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Please be advised that SCRIHS is currently in the process of revising policies and SOPs. Please check the "SCRIHS Policies and SOPs" link (on the left) frequently for updates, as they are being approved a few at a time. If you have any questions regarding current policies and SOPs please contact SCRIHS staff via email or at 545-7602.

SCRIHS Fees - Effective September 1, 2009

Initial Review

    • Full Board - $2000
    • Full Board Continuing Review - $750
    • Expedited - $500
    • Expedited Continuing Review - $200
    • Sponsor-required protocol Amendments/revisions - $300

*There is no fee for:

    • Federally-funded, state-supported or non-profit funded clinical research
    • SIU Investigator-initiated research
    • Exempt research

Call 545-7602 if you have any questions


SCRIHS Electronic Submission and Review System
(IRIS) Support

Please contact Gary Fifer at for all submission guidance and/or assistance. Technical problems can be reported to or



The Center for Clinical Research is offering a basic clinical trials course designed to provide clinical research education with a primary focus on the administrative aspects of sponsored clinical trials (drug and device). The next course will be offered on May 9, 2013, 8:30-4:00. The content is a supplement to, not a substitute for, the training required by SCRIHS. The course is a one-day program for investigators, coordinators, and clinical research staff. Participants will receive 7 hours of CME. For more information and registration contact Joseph Milbrandt, PhD via email at or by phone at 545-7811. Space is limited.
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