UW Research

February 1, 2022

For the Record: February 1, 2022

In this Issue:

COVID Related Restrictions on Human Subjects Research

No Change

There are currently no changes to human subjects research requirements or limitations because of the higher contagiousness of the coronavirus Omicron variant and the ongoing surge in COVID infections. However, the situation is being closely monitored and changes may be made with little notice.

Current Requirements include:

  1. Masking. All study participants and research team members who will have
    in-person interactions must wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. HSD strongly encourages researchers to have a supply of high-quality masks (e.g., N95, KN95, KF94) to provide to study participants, as needed during in-person interactions.
  2. Physical distancing (6 feet or more). If any study team members or study participants are not vaccinated, they must observe distancing when indoors and (when within a 6-foot distance from others) outdoors. All individuals are encouraged to distance if in a crowded setting or in areas that are not well-ventilated.
  3. Local Site Restrictions. Researchers and study participants must abide by any restrictions imposed where the in-person research activities will occur (e.g., institutional or facility requirements, local government, or public health agency). This includes research conducted in international settings.

Check the HSD COVID webpage for more details, including some exceptions to the above requirements and answers to frequently asked questions.

HSD is Hiring!

New Position

HSD is seeking a Regulatory Affairs Manager to oversee the work of the Regulatory Affairs team. The Regulatory Affairs team is responsible for (1) evaluating and managing reports of noncompliance and unanticipated problems involving risks to human subjects or others as well as inquiries and complaints about UW research, including any routine required federal reporting; (2) conducting monitoring visits of active research studies; (3) providing guidance to researchers, the UW IRBs, and other HSD staff; and (4) facilitating compliance with federal registration requirements for clinical trials.

Individuals may work at the HSD office on the UW Seattle campus, 100% remotely, or a combination (hybrid).

See Req # 201860 on UW Hires for more information and to apply.