HRPP: Broad Consent
The concept of “broad consent” for the use of research data and/or biospecimens in multiple studies is a new one in human subjects research. If you can document that all the participants whose data or specimens will be analyzed provided such consent to you, or to the researcher who collected the data or specimens, then the IRB must still conduct a limited review of your research plans to confirm that your plans for data protection and security are sound. Depending on the results of that initial, limited review, then full IRB review of your research may still be necessary. Please contact the IRB for guidance on what to submit for the initial, limited review.