Software developers often release their system into beta so that users can try it out and provide valuable feedback to help improve it. It's called "Beta" because it comes after the "Alpha" releases, which are internal testing periods where quality assurance experts work the kinks out of the software. The Beta release usually occurs several months or weeks in advance of the final release of the product.
This is a public beta. No invitation is required. If you are an investigator conducting a study with a participating institution, you can use the Online Reliance System to request, track, and document reliance arrangements for your study. Eligible and interested institutions who have not yet joined are encouraged to join SMART IRB.
The Online Reliance System has been under development for more than a year. The existing capabilities are robust and sufficient to make reliance decisions. The system as built is production-ready and expected to be reasonably bug free.
This is a beta release because we are still adding features. Here are a few things that we are planning for the near term, and we will continue to add features over time:
We welcome your help in making The SMART IRB Online Reliance System the best it can be. We hope you will try it out once it launches into beta. If you are your institution’s designated SMART IRB Point of Contact, you will receive an invitation to register for an account soon. If you are an investigator, we will be opening registration after the system launches on May 4. If you have any questions, please contact us.Learn more about the Online Reliance System