Spatial & Functional
Genomics Affinity Group

Collaboration Policy

SFG requires collaborators obtain Institutional Review Board (IRB) review and approval before shipping human sourced samples to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for use in research. The Local IRB will determine if review and approval are necessary. 

Collaborators should be aware the OHRP has indicated that research using anonymized or de-identified specimens does not constitute human research and thus is not regulated by the Code of Federal Regulations.

SFG requires that collaborator samples be shipped only after being de-identified of human subject information.

IRB approval can be accomplished in one of the following ways:
1. An established IRB at one's company or institution may be used.
2. If there is no established IRB, one must be obtained from a local institution or organization
If there is no local institution available for IRB review, the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) offers a list of IRB's