McLaren Health Care

IRB Electronic Submission

Important Update on iRIS Implementation

We had previously announced a tentative September 14th launch of the new IRB software, iRIS. This date was contingent on the steady progression of data migration from eProtocol to iRIS. Unfortunately, IT is experiencing problems with the migration. Until this issue is resolved, the IRB office is again faced with the decision to pause opening iRIS to the research community.


Last IRB Meeting while using the ePROTOCOL system -

  • Submit by: November 20th, 2020
  • Important notice to researchers: The last convened IRB meeting where we will still be using eProtocol is Friday, November 20th, 2020. If your study is on the 11/20/2020 agenda, it is critical that researchers/research staff log into eProtocol by 4:30 p.m. to download any necessary approved documents.


  • Submit by: October 23rd, 2020 by 4:30 p.m.
  • Important notice to researchers: Only complete applications will be reviewed by the IRB.
Live training classes dates/times and instructions for setting up user access will be communicated as soon as they are available. If you are not able to attend a scheduled training, a recording of the course will be made available.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 248-484-4950.


Q: Will the IRB remain open during the transition from eProtocol to iRIS?
A: Yes, during the transition phase from eProtocol to iRIS, the IRB office will remain open during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The IRB office will continue to handle daily routine operations and process select submissions.

Q: What is iRIS?
A: iRIS is the online application system used to submit studies and all subsequent submission materials to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). iRIS also functions as a document repository, providing you with easy access to study records and documents. You can use iRIS anywhere you have internet access.

Q: How do I access iRIS?
A: We will update you with an answer once we get closer to our launch date.

Q: Which internet browser should I use?
A: The current version of iRIS is compatible with all browsers, although Chrome is the recommended browser.

Q: Where can I get help on using iRIS? Will there be training?
A: In the weeks prior to launch, training modules will be posted online for self-paced viewing. Standalone PDF’s of training manuals for printing or saving will be posted simultaneously. Live webinar training sessions will be scheduled soon as well – stay tuned.
You may also select the “Help” button on your iRIS homepage to view a variety of educational topics.
After launch, contact the Research Integrity office at (248) 484-4950 or

Q: Do all submissions go through the iRIS system?
A: Yes, all submissions go through the iRIS system.

Q: What will happen to my IRB application that I started in eProtocol, submitted to the IRB, but it wasn’t approved yet?
A: Your application will be migrated to iRIS. Once iRIS goes live, you will be able to access your previous application.