Sterling IRB FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions: Investigative Sites / Sponsors / General

How often does the Board meet?

Sterling IRB typically convenes daily meetings (Monday-Friday). Please see the Board Meeting Calendar for specific meeting dates.

How do I obtain access to SilverLink, Sterling IRB's secure online portal?

Click here to go to the SilverLink Access Registration page and select the appropriate registration form to complete.

When will my submission be reviewed by Sterling IRB?

Sterling IRB review timelines are published on our website here. Please contact us at 1-888-636-1062 to further discuss review times with a member of our administrative staff.

What are Sterling IRB’s submission requirements?

The Investigator Handbook, located here, contains further information on IRB submission requirements.

How can I submit my materials to Sterling IRB?

Submissions to Sterling IRB may be made electronically through SilverLink, our secure online portal, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , via fax to 770-690-9492 or by mail to 6300 Powers Ferry Rd., Ste. 600-351, Atlanta, GA 30339.

To set up a new SilverLink account and/or access to a specific study, click here to go to the SilverLink Access Registration page and select the appropriate registration form to complete. For further assistance, please contact us directly at 1-888-636-1062 and a dedicated member of our staff will work with you to set up your account.

In what format are documents provided by Sterling IRB?

All documents distributed by the IRB are available electronically via SilverLink, Sterling IRB's secure web portal. Designated contacts for a study and/or site will receive email notification when Sterling IRB uploads documents related to the study to SilverLink. Sponsor/CRO contacts have access to all study documents issued to the Sponsor/CRO and participating sites; and site contacts have access to all study documents issued to their site.

What can Sterling IRB’s dedicated Account Manager help me with?

A dedicated Account Manager is assigned to study Sponsors for the duration of the study. They are the primary point of contact for protocol-related issues.

Does Sterling IRB review research conducted in Canada?

Yes, Sterling IRB is able to offer comprehensive review services for studies conducted throughout Canada using a partner IRB.

Is Sterling IRB registered with the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) and/or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)?

Yes, Sterling IRB is registered with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Registration with DHHS covers both OHRP and FDA registration. Our IRB registration number is IRB00001790, parent organization number IORG0001354. Current IRB registration information can be located here or on the Company Profile page of the Sterling IRB website.

What is Sterling IRB’s FWA number?

Sterling IRB does not have an FWA number. Sterling IRB is registered with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Only institutions that are engaged in human subjects research conducted or supported by any U.S. federal department or agency are required to have Federalwide Assurances (FWAs) on file with the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP).

Where can I locate a copy of the current Sterling IRB roster? What if I need an archived copy?

Current and/or archived Sterling IRB membership roster(s) can be accessed via the Sterling IRB website Board Roster page.

How can I obtain a copy of Sterling IRB’s fee schedule?

A copy of our current fee schedule is available upon request. Please call 1-888-636-1062 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a Sterling IRB fee schedule.

Does Sterling IRB require a Form FDA 1572?

No, Sterling IRB does not require submission of a Form FDA 1572. A Supplemental Site Form should be submitted with the Submission Application for the Investigator/Site for each additional location where research will be conducted. Forms for use when there is a change in Principal Investigator or other site information changes (e.g., changes in research locations or Sub-Investigators) are available on the Sterling IRB website and may be accessed here.

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