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New Compliance Certification

Chris Witwer, ISB’s Associate Director of Compliance, has been appointed to the Council for Certification of IRB Professionals (CCIP), which develops and maintains certification standards for HRPP/IRB professionals. The CCIP is a credentialing program of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), a professional organization whose mission is to advance the highest ethical standards in the conduct of biomedical, behavioral, and social science research. The appointment is well-timed. On Jan. 19, DHHS issued the first substantive revisions to existing IRB regulations since 1991. It’s not yet clear whether the revisions will remain on the books, but if so, Chris will be working alongside a diverse group of IRB leaders from across the U.S. to interpret those changes and apply them to the CIP credential. Learn more:

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