CATS IRB Unavailable June 22- June 26

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Office for Research Protections     |     Institutional Review Board (IRB)


When is it happening?

CATS IRB will be unavailable Thursday, June 22, 2023 2:00 PM ET until Monday, June 26, 2023 12:00 PM ET

What is happening?

CATS IRB ( will be unavailable for a planned release that will affect users at all Penn State locations.  The planned outage is for a platform upgrade.

Changes include:

  • Improved user interface and navigation
  • Updated reference materials and help guidance
  • Streamlined submission process for studies relying on a single External IRB

Why is it happening? 

The CATS IRB system is upgrading to ensure compliance with the latest regulatory requirements for Single IRB and other IRB functions.  The upgrade will implement system enhancements to improve the user interface and experience.

What training is available?

See an overview of upgrade changes.

Additional training materials, including videos, will be available in June.

Where can more details about the release be found?

Information about the release is available on the CATS IRB Upgrade Project site.

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