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Schulman Associates IRB Establishes an Institutional Review Board in Canada

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 General News J E 4
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CINCINNATI, Oct. 27 In response to requests from clients, Schulman Associates IRB (Schulman) has expanded its IRB services into Canada.

The Schulman Canadian Board's first official meeting is scheduled for this week. For North American studies which are conducted in both the U.S. and Canada, Canadian and U.S. Board members will review the research together in order to maintain consistency.

"Our clients have asked us to provide review services in Canada. Now that our Canadian IRB is operational, Schulman can provide the same high quality review for Canadian research as it has provided in the U.S. for the past 26 years," said Schulman's CEO, John Isidor.

Schulman provides clients conducting Canadian studies with access to its WebPortal 2.0 service. WebPortal 2.0 interfaces directly with Schulman's internal system to provide Sponsors and CROs with real-time updates on review status and timelines. This means that as soon as a study document is generated at Schulman it is also available for clients to download. Early next year, Schulman will launch updated electronic tools to provide clients with even greater access to critical review information.

Schulman's existing submission forms have been revised to comply with Canadian regulations and terminology. The revisions are minor and the forms will remain familiar to Schulman clients who have used them for U.S. studies.

Schulman's Canadian office is located in Toronto. French-speaking support is available for Canadian studies.

Schulman is fully accredited by the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). For more information on how Schulman can provide review services for your company in Canada or the U.S., please call Client Services at 513-761-4100 or visit www.sairb.com.

About Schulman Associates IRB

Schulman Associates Institutional Review Board, Inc. ("Schulman") is an independent IRB that has more than 25 years of experience in reviewing research protocols and consent documents to evaluate compliance with relevant regulations and ethical guidelines. As an independent IRB, Schulman is not part of an institution such as an academic medical center or hospital. Schulman can provide IRB services for single and multi-site studies within the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.

Schulman is dedicated to promoting clinical research by helping to safeguard the rights and welfare of clinical research subjects. To this end, Schulman provides ongoing education for its Board members as well as hosting an Annual Conference on topics of human subject protection.

In June 2008, Schulman was awarded a full three-year accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). The Accreditation by AAHRPP demonstrates its commitment to research ethics and human subject protection.

SOURCE Schulman Associates IRB
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