The IRB leadership at the University of California and Stanford University have developed the Consortium for Applied Research Ethics Quality (CARE-Q)


  • Single IRB agreements, such as the SMART IRB Reliance, often require that an institution assure the quality of its IRB
  • Not all UC campuses or CTSA affiliates have under gone (or planned to) undergo a self-assessment or independent review of their IRB policies and procedures, and operations
  • CARE-Q was designed to be:
    • A resource-effective tool
    • A collegial, collaborative peer-review process
    • Useful for different types of institutions
    • Focused specifically on IRBs

CARE-Q Objectives

  • Support the practical application of the human research regulations
  • Ensure policies & procedures are consistent with regulatory requirements
  • Strengthen the institution’s IRB quality assurance oversight
  • Evolve through ongoing engagement amongst members & continuous quality improvement opportunities

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