What's New (Norman Campus)

Ways to contact us:
Phone: Please call the mainline at 405-325-8110.
If we are out of the office, we have forwarded the phones to our cell phones, so please do not hang up when the voicemail message comes on. After playing the voicemail message, the phone system will transfer to one of our cell phones. If you call after-hours and must leave a message, please do so. We are set up to receive voicemail alerts, so we will get back with you as soon as possible!

OU IRB Norman Campus Website:
https://compliance.ouhsc.edu/HRPP - under Researcher & Coordinator, select Norman Campus; Select tabs: Researcher’s Toolkit and/or Education & Training.
We have a lot of information on our website! This includes guidance on the application process, including step-by-step instructions on how to start a study, and templates that you will need to complete the process. We also have instructions on our website regarding the required CITI Social Behavioral Course training.

IRB Office

Shelly Smith
IRB Administrative Assistant

Karen “Kat” Braswell
IRB Administrator

Nicole Cunningham
IRB Quality Improvement,
Education & Training Coordinator

Sierra Smith
IRB Director

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Norman Campus
Health Science Center Campus

Planned Emergency Research with Exception from Informed Consent (EFIC) at OUHSC is now live:

The process to request IRB approval to conduct planned emergency research with an exception from informed consent (EFIC) is now live. Investigators interested in submitting a planned emergency research study with EFIC are urged to read the new EFIC policy, review guidance documents, and may contact our office for a consultation about the process.

* HRPP Website:

*iRIS Changes: the following iRIS forms have been updated, which will convert users to the newest version automatically:

  • HSC Application (added EFIC to Section 1200)
  • Continuing Review/Final Report Form (added EFIC attestations; will only appear for EFIC studies)
  • Modification/Notification Form (added EFIC and an external IRB closure checkboxes)

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the HSC IRB Office via email to irb@ouhsc.edu.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Norman Campus
Health Science Center Campus
  • Relying on an External IRB Application: A new version has been published. The most significant change impacts the conflicts of interest (COI) section. The COI questions have changed and the sub-form has been removed as it is no longer required.
  • Initial Submission Packet:  A new upload section for HSC was added for the Relying on an External IRB Application.
  • BOTH forms above will require users to convert, which iRIS will do for you. The conversion for the Initial Submission Packet will occur for all three (3) application types: Norman Application, HSC Application, and Relying on an External IRB Application. There should be zero impacts to your Norman and HSC Applications.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact your campus-appropriate IRB Office:
HSC: 405-271-2045 | irb@ouhsc.edu -   NC: 405-325-8110 | irb@ou.edu

Friday, June 25, 2021
Norman Campus
Health Science Center Campus

iRIS will be unavailable Monday and Tuesday (June 28th and 29th) for system updates and upgrades. The IRB/HRPP office will not be able to receive, process, or review submissions during this time.  As part of the upgrade, you will likely notice changes to the overall look of the iRIS home screen and the processes for document uploads and addressing reviewer stipulations. The changes should assist with the overall functionality of the system and make the steps in those processes easier to complete. 

The IRB/HRPP office will be available for training on the changes, and guidance will be posted to the IRB website to help navigate any differences. Please let us know if you have any questions or if you would like to set up a training session!

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Norman Campus
Health Science Center Campus

Effective 5/7/2021, the Privacy and Confidentiality policy (SOP 1002) has been revised and is available on the HRPP website linked below. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Norman Campus
Health Science Center Campus

Several policies have been updated as a part of the HRPP's biannual SOP review. The effective date of the policies is 12/31/2020. The Searchable SOP link has also been updated! You can access all of the SOPs on the Policies and Procedures page. 


OUHSC Contact

865 Research Parkway, Suite 400
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

ph: (405) 271-2045
fax: (405) 271-1677

Email Us: irb@ouhsc.edu

Norman Contact

Five Partners Place
201 Stephenson Parkway, Suite 4200
Norman, OK 73019

ph: (405) 325-8110

Email Us: irb@ou.edu