Copernicus Group IRB Enters Strategic Alliance With Independent Canadian IRB

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Copernicus Group IRB (CGIRB) has announced a strategic alliance with IRB Services of Canada. This new partnership will enable CGIRB to offer institutional review services to its clients whose clinical research protocols include Canadian sites.

IRB Services is a highly regarded independent institutional review board with deep and insightful understanding of the Canadian research regulatory and ethical landscape nationally and in every province of the country. This alliance will further enhance our shared mission of human subject protection.

Copernicus Group IRB (CGIRB), a leading independent institutional review board, today announced a new strategic alliance with IRB Services of Canada. This unique partnership will enable CGIRB to offer institutional review services to its clients whose clinical research protocols include Canadian sites. The objective of this alliance is to provide CGIRB clients a single solution for ethical review of clinical research protocols and sites in North America.

Each client will work with a dedicated CGIRB single point of contact with team support bridging both IRBs. The integrated team will ensure an expeditious and thorough ethical review and quality client service in full compliance with regulatory and ethical requirements in both countries.

"This alliance will benefit both organizations by providing a seamless service to CGIRB clients who plan to include Canadian sites in addition to US research," said Jack Corman, CEO and Founder of IRB Services. "I am delighted to be partnering with Copernicus Group IRB, one of the leading independent IRBs in the United States."

This new alliance, coupled with with CGIRB's ISO 9001:2008 certification, AAHRPP accreditation, and existing corporate partnerships, will expand on CGIRB's commitment to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects by providing innovative service offerings and quality review.

"We are pleased to provide this new offering to our clients who have requested additional service extending into Canada. It supports our dedication to superior quality and innovation," said Bruce Tomason, CEO of CGIRB. "IRB Services is a highly regarded independent institutional review board with deep and insightful understanding of the Canadian research regulatory and ethical landscape nationally and in every province of the country. This alliance will further enhance our shared mission of human subject protection."

About Copernicus Group IRB
Experience and innovation in ethical review™
Copernicus Group IRB, established in July 1996, is a leading independent institutional review board ("IRB") dedicated to ensuring the rights and welfare of research study participants. The IRB provides ethical review of research protocols, investigators, and subject information and consent forms to ensure compliance with federal regulations set forth in 21 CFR, 45 CFR and ICH/GCP Guidelines. CGIRB achieved full AAHRPP accreditation in 2004 and ISO 9001:2008 certification in 2010. Please visit cgirb.com for more information.

About IRB Services
Real Review in Real Time™, since 1993
IRB Services is a service-driven organization dedicated to excellence in human research participant protection and committed to providing efficient customer-oriented services by maintaining an effective Human Research Protection Program to protect the rights and welfare of human participants in research reviewed under the auspices of our IRBs. IRB Services partners with sponsors, CROs, institutions and researchers to promote scientifically and ethically sound research. Please visit irbservices.com for more information.

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