Ensure that all hard copy and electronic copies of signed ICFs are securely stored to prevent unauthorized access, disclosure, or loss. Paper copies should be stored in a manner that limits access to only authorized individuals (filing cabinets/areas should be locked and placed in secured/locked rooms). Electronic copies should be saved on a device that has the appropriate security safeguards such as password protection, encryption, etc., and system backups to protect against loss or theft.
The Tufts Health Sciences Institutional Review Board (HS IRB) is federally mandated to review, monitor and approve biomedical and social, behavioral, and educational research. Our goal is to ensure that any research study under Tufts IRB jurisdiction is in compliance with federal, state, and institutional regulations. The Tufts Health Sciences IRB upholds the highest standards, ensuring compliance with ethical principles and regulatory requirements, while serving the Tufts community of scholars and administering a thorough review in a timely and efficient manner.