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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6. Criminal Justice and Corrections
Agency 15. Department of Corrections
Chapter 26. Regulations for Human Subject Research
2/25/2020

6VAC15-26-50. Composition.

Part II
Human Subject Research Review Committee (HSRRC)

A. The HSRRC shall have at least three members, appointed by the Director of the Department of Corrections or designee, with varying backgrounds to provide complete and adequate review of activities commonly conducted by researchers. The HSRRC shall be sufficiently qualified through the experience and diversity of its members.

1. The HSRRC shall not be comprised entirely of men or of women.

2. The HSRRC shall not be comprised entirely of members from one organizational work unit.

3. The HSRRC shall have at least one member who is not otherwise affiliated with the Department of Corrections and is not an immediate family member of a person who is affiliated with the department.

B. In addition to possessing the professional competence necessary to review research proposals, the HSRRC must be able to ascertain the acceptability of research proposals in terms of organizational work unit commitments, this chapter, applicable Department of Corrections operating procedures, any applicable state and federal law or regulation, standards of professional conduct and practice, and community attitudes.

C. No member of the HSRRC shall participate in the HSRRC's initial or continuing review of any research project in which the member has a conflict of interest (defined as having direct involvement in or department approval authority over the proposed human research or otherwise having a conflict of interest under applicable Virginia law). The HSRRC has responsibility for determining whether a member has a conflicting interest.

D. The HSRRC may, at its discretion, invite individuals with competence in special areas to assist in the review of complex issues that require expertise beyond or in addition to that available to the HSRRC. These individuals may not vote with the HSRRC.

E. A quorum of the HSRRC shall consist of a majority of its members. If a quorum cannot be established (or cannot meet within the established time frames) from the existing HSRRC, the director or designee may replace temporarily an active committee member with an alternate to the degree needed to establish a quorum.

Statutory Authority

§§ 53.1-5 and 53.1-5.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR230-01-004 § 2.2, eff. January 12, 1995; amended, Volume 30, Issue 07, eff. January 1, 2014.

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