Given the current environment non-COVID-19 studies should not be using the biospecimen bank unless previously authorized.

Please submit an application before applying to the IRB for approval. It will be reviewed by the COVID-19 Biobank Steering and Allocation Committee in a timely manner. This ensures maximizing the use of existing studies and clinical data available via Compass.


1

Committee Review

(Takes 7-10 Business Days)
The COVID19 Steering and Allocation Committee will review your application for a number of factors including feasibility and scientific merit.


1

Sample Availability

(Takes 1-3 Business Days)
The COVID19 Biobank will review if the samples requested are available as well as what data needs to be requested to connect the biosamples to your request.

2

Questions, Clarification, from Review to Applicant

(Takes 1-5 Business Days)
The COVID19 Biobank will review if the samples requested are available as well as what data needs to be requested to connect the biosamples to your request.

3

Data Complexity

(Takes 1-5 Business Days)
The complexity of data related to your request is sometimes overlooked in applications such as these. The data complexity of your request and will be reviewed. It is possible that if the data is sufficiently complex, a separate application to Health Data Compass on your behalf may be needed.


1

Conditional Approval Letter Sent


1

IRB, IBC, and Funding Confirmed

(1-5 business days- dependent on researcher)
After a Conditional Approval of your application, the Project Manager will work with you to confirm that you have the correct regulatory, safety, and financial milestones in place. Samples will not be allocated without these items completed.

2

Final Approval Letter Sent

A final approval letter confirming that all application requirements have been completed and signed of on will be sent to you and the COVID19 Biobank. This will initiate the process for your samples to be identified and pulled from the COVID19 Biobank.


1

Communication with Physical Biobank Begins

At this step, you will be connected to a member of the COVID19 Biobank team to work out logistics of samples allocation and delivery.

2

Biobank Logistics for Sample Delivery

(Timeline varies depending on request)
Sample delivery will take place based on previous conversations with the COVID19 Biobank staff as illustrated in Step 1.

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