Respond To Clarification Requests

Once a protocol has been created and submitted to the IBC, the IBC staff and/or Biosafety committee may have additional clarifications or required modifications that need to be made by the protocol team before a determination can be made. As a result, the research staff may need to respond to questions and/or make changes to their protocol. 

When clarifications/required modification requests are made, an email will be sent to the PI, Proxy, and Primary Contact and a message will also appear in My Inbox within CATS Safety

From the submission workspace, click the Clarifications Request… activity and read the comments. Click Edit Protocol to view where reviewer notes have been added in the biosafety protocol, as well as to make changes to the protocol. 

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The left navigation bar will identify smartform pages where reviewer notes have been added. Reviewer notes are identifiable by the reviewer note icon (reviewer note.png). 


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In the example above, one reviewer note was added on the Basic Information page and one reviewer note was added on the Viruses or Prions page. To read the specific reviewer note, first navigate to the page in which the reviewer note was added. Once on the page, click on each reviewer note icon. If applicable, reply to reviewer note by clicking Reply.

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Upon clicking Reply, you will be provided with the opportunity to add text and/or attach files (if applicable). 

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Click OK to save the note and then Close on the Reviewer Note window. 

Once all reviewer notes have been addressed and appropriate changes have been made to the protocol, the Principal Investigator or PI Proxy (if assigned) will need to execute the Submit Response activity under Next Steps in the protocol workspace.