- Biomedical Investigator Initiated Protocol Template
NIH e-Protocol Writing Tool supports the Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Involving Humans Clinical Trials Template in addition to Phase 2 and 3 IND/IDE Clinical Trials Template.
- Social Behavioral Protocol Template
- Secondary Data Analysis Protocol Template
Consent Templates and Instructions
- Informed Consent Form Instructions for Industry Sponsored, Cooperative Group, or External IRB Studies
The IRB accepts all industry sponsored consent forms with minimal change in content. Consent forms provided by an industry sponsor, cooperative group, or external IRB need to be modified only to include the addition of USC specific requirements, such as local contact information, cost/injury, payment language and removal of HIPAA. The iStar submission must include an electronic version of the study’s consent template and the consent version that includes all USC specific modifications for review.
- Informed Consent Form Template
This document must be utilized for projects with Expedited or Full Committee review when there is no consent form from an industry sponsor or cooperative group.
Includes the essential elements of consent, instructions for use, the California Subjects Bill of Rights, conflict of interest requirements, considerations for long term specimen use and other institutional requirements. Read more about Informed Consent.
- Information Sheet for Exempt Studies
This document should be used for exempt research only.
- Assent Form Template – Child/Youth (7-13 Years)
It is the responsibility of the investigator or study sponsor to provide translation of an IRB approved Informed Consent Form (ICF). For studies that are greater than minimal risk (Full Board), one of the following is required a) A Certificate of Translation (CoT) by a professional certified translator/translation company, or b) documentation that the translation has undergone quality review by an entity such as an NIH Regulatory Support Center or the NIH Translation Unit. The translated ICF and appropriate documentation must be sent to the IRB via “Send Message to IRB.” The translated consent form with IRB stamp will be uploaded into the iStar application. Investigators will receive email notification that the translated consent form is ready for use. A letter of IRB approval will not be issued for the translated consent document. Minimal risk studies (Exempt or Expedited) do not require a CoT to be submitted.
USC has approved suppliers/vendors (translation services) listed in eMarket at USC Emarket Login and Information. For assistance call: (213) 740-5857
- Consent and Short Forms: Who Must Sign?
- Short Form Certificate of Translation (CoT)
- Bill of Rights Certificate of Translation (CoT)
HIPAA Research Authorization
The HIPAA authorization form must be a separate form per California Civil Code – Civ. Code 56.11(b).
The following can be found on the Office of Ethics and Compliance website:
- HIPAA Research Authorization Forms (English and translations)
- Instructions for completing HIPAA Research Authorization
- Data Use Agreement for receipt of a limited data set
- Request form for Decedents Protected Health Information
- Authorization to Use Protected Health Information for Education and Instruction
- Request for Protected Health Information for Preparatory Research Activities – Certification
- FWA & IRB Registration Numbers
- USC HIPAA Policy
Other IRB Forms and Templates
- Biomedical IRB Authorization Agreement
- Social Behavioral IRB Authorization Agreement
- NIH Budget Form
- Research Advisory Panel of California
- Research Site Permission Template
- Waiver of Full-Time Faculty Status to Serve as Advisor for Research Proposal
California requires proposed research projects involving certain opioid, stimulant, and hallucinogenic drugs classified as Schedule I and Schedule II controlled substances to be pre-reviewed and authorized by the Research Advisory Panel of California in the Attorney General’s Office.