Continuous Quality Improvement

To maintain excellence in the protection of human subjects and to meet federal and Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) requirements, a successful monitoring program is essential. At USC, the Quality Improvement program serves to keep investigators cognizant of rules, to correct procedural errors, and most importantly, to increase protections for subjects enrolled in research projects. Quality Improvement procedures include assessing investigator compliance with the IRB, monitoring the IRB review process, and inspecting study records and documentation.

Continuous Quality Improvement Efforts

Creative Compliance: CQI Efforts Snapshot
Comprehensive CQI Efforts
New Version of the online IRB Application – April 2012 [BROKEN LINK]
USC Flexibility Policy
Human Subjects Protection Program Improvements – 2011

Annual IRB Survey Results

2016 HSC IRB Survey Results
2016 UPC IRB Survey Results
2015 HSC IRB Survey Results
2015 UPC IRB Survey Results
2014 IRB Survey Results
2013 IRB Survey Results
2012 IRB Survey Results
2011 IRB Survey Results
2010 IRB Survey Results

Quality Improvement Tools & Results

Lessons Learned from CQI Assessments
Problems Frequently Identified During an Audit/Assessment
Continuous Quality Improvement Visit Tip Sheet
HSIRB Audit Checklist 
UPIRB Audit Checklist

Study Documentation Templates

Biomedical Study Binder Contents (Regulatory Folder)
Socio-Behavioral Study Binder Contents
Sample Checklist for Documenting Subject Visits