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UAB Policy on Other Laws Affecting Human Subjects Research - IRB POL040

This policy describes UAB's commitment to conduct human subject research in compliance with state and local law as well as federal law and regulations.
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HRPP Document:     POL040
Effective Date:   3/30/07
Revision Date:  2/22/10
Subject:  UAB Policy on Other Laws Affecting Human Subjects Research


UAB commits to conduct its human subjects research enterprise in accordance with state and local law as well as federal law and regulations. Most states, including Alabama, have laws mandating the reporting of certain diseases and/or conditions, as well as other occurrences, to state and/or local authorities that could apply to investigators as well as other research personnel, including service providers. All research conducted under the supervision of the UAB IRB shall conform to every law of the jurisdiction in which research is being conducted. Usually “the law of the jurisdiction in which the research is conducted” will be the state law where the research procedures will be performed. Further, every individual involved in any research activity that is subject to any reporting requirement mandated by any federal, state, or local law or regulations shall comply with such law or regulation.

For research conducted in Alabama, see GUI326 Guide to Mandatory Reporting Laws Affecting Research Conducted in Alabama. When research studies are conducted outside the state of Alabama, investigators and the IRB may seek advice from the UAB Office of Counsel, related to questions of state or local laws and regulations from the applicable jurisdiction.

In furtherance of UAB’s commitment to protect the rights of human subjects, where research procedures are likely to produce information that must be disclosed to a third party pursuant to federal, state, or local law or regulation, regardless of the consent of the participant, the UAB IRB shall ensure that prospective participants are informed that the research is likely to illicit such reportable information and that disclosure is mandatory under applicable law.

Approved on March 1, 2010, by:

Richard B. Marchase, PhD
Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Ferdinand Urthaler, MD
IRB Chair

Sheila Deters Moore, CIP
OIRB Director