- This email contains important information about the
Einstein IRB’s new software (iRIS).
- Please read this entire message as it affects everyone
involved in conducting human subjects research at YU/Einstein,
Montefiore, Jacobi and NCB.
- iRIS software will be used by both the East Campus and
West Campus IRBs.
The Einstein IRB is excited to announce that iRIS is now live!
Use of the software will be phased in as outlined below:
- Phase 1a (Current): iRIS is
available for new Exempt and Expedited
applications for submission to the East and West Campus IRBs. Applications
started in PATS or using paper forms must be submitted by March 3.
- Phase 1b (February 10): All
new Exempt and Expedited applications for submission to the East and
West Campus IRBs must be initiated in iRIS. (Only
applications started in PATS or using West Campus paper forms prior to
February 10th will continue to be accepted during February.)
- Phase 2 (March 3): The IRB will no
longer accept PATS or paper Exempt/Expedited applications.
- Phase 3 (deadline to be announced shortly):All new Full board studies will only be accepted via iRIS
- Phase 4 (schedule to be announced shortly):Existing studies will be “converted” to iRIS. Researchers,
please note that we will need your assistance to verify the conversion data
and add missing information in order to proceed with subsequent IRB
transactions such as Progress Reports and Amendments.
The Einstein IRB will keep the research community informed throughout this
process via a series of emails. Up-to-date iRIS information is also available
More iRIS information:
The process of transitioning to the new iRIS software will require
extra effort on everyone’s part, but the final outcome will yield significant
benefits to the research community. As we move forward, to assist with the
transition, there are user guides, optional training
sessions, and drop-in office hours for one-on-one assistance.
- Some of the many features and benefits of iRIS include:
- Paperless submission (all study documents are attached
electronically and submitted through the software).
- Streamlined submission process.
- Electronic signatures (applications can be routed to PIs and chairs
for electronic sign-off/approval).
- Dynamic application form (presents relevant questions based on the
answers you provide).
- Multiple browser support (iRIS can be accessed using most browsers
from PCs and Macs).
- Easy access to consents (all approved (stamped) consent forms and
other study documents will be easily accessible in iRIS).
- Single portal access (post transition, researchers will be able
access all of their Einstein IRB (East and West) research protocols in
- Full review protocols will be assigned to the next available meeting
- Important changes to the submission process that will coincide with the
release of iRIS:
For information on how to access iRIS, please visit the
User guides/handbooks are available for download within
iRIS training schedule and registration information is