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Course: (2022) Exploring the Common Rule: A Guide for Beginners

New to IRB administration? Does the Common Rule seem like uncharted territory? If so, this course, offered in three 2-hour virtual sessions, will provide you with a road map that will allow you to navigate key sections of the Common Rule you need to successfully begin your journey through IRB administration.

Session 1: March 22, 2022
Getting There: Discovering the Common Rule
What is the Common Rule, where can you find it, and how do you read it?
Session 2: March 29, 2022
The Main Attraction: Regulations Related to the Review Process
Key sections of the Common Rule that relate to IRB review activities
Session 3: April 5, 2022
Notable Landmarks: Other Requirements You Need to Know
Responsibilities beyond the IRB review process that the Common Rule outlines and that IRB administrators might assume
*All sessions will be held from 1:00-3:00 PM ET

What will I learn?
  • Know where and how to find the essential documents and resources you need to implement the Common Rule
  • Gain experience with interpreting key sections of the Common Rule including IRB functions and operations and IRB review of research
  • Be able to identify responsibilities outside of the IRB review of research often assigned to IRB administrators

Who should attend?

Beginning IRB administrators


Nichelle Cobb, PhD
Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives, Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP)

Nancy A. Olson, JD
IRB Administrator, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Access Interval
Access to live content will be available for 90 days after the recording is made available. After 90 days, access to the content will be removed, but users will retain access to any certificates of attendance earned. To earn a certificate, one must complete all required sections and complete the certificate section within the 90-day access period. After access has expired, users can purchase an additional 90 days of access.

If you prefer, you can find a paper registration form here. Please send the completed form to

Thank you to our sponsor!

WCG IRB provides the highest quality ethical reviews of clinical research protocols and studies. 

Attendees of Exploring the Common Rule will receive a discount on registration for the 2022 IRB Administrator Boot Camp, taking place this fall; registration for this program will open in spring 2022.

Registration for this course is now closed. You can email for information on future opportunities to engage with this course.