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The following tools are available to assist researchers in the Penn medical community. Please be aware of the terms and conditions stated below.

Informed Consent Template
Penn has developed a template to aid in the construction of a research subject informed consent form. This standard form flows logically from a research subject perspective, and is designed to ensure all required elements of informed consent are captured as well as to improve the ease of IRB review.

Protocol Design Template
The protocol is a document that describes the objectives, design, methodology, statistical considerations, and organization of a research study. The protocol explains the specific procedures of the study and outlines the scientific, organizational, administrative, and financial aspects of the research study.

Investigational New Drug (IND) Decision Resource Site
Not sure whether or not you need to file an IND to conduct your study? Think your study might be exempt? Visit IND Research, OHR's website dedicated to assisting researchers with the IND decision process.
Regulatory Binder Template
The Reg Binder template provides a format for structuring the Regulatory Binder (AKA Essential Documents File), and guidance for what regulatory documents should be filed in each section. Sample templates for logs are also available for download to use with the template.

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