Researchers may request a study review type, but according to Federal regulations, the IRB must evaluate the protocol and make the final determination regarding the appropriate level of review. The following checklists will help determine the researcher’s initial request.
Full committee review requires more preparation time for both investigators and the committee; therefore, researchers requesting full board reviews must submit their protocols to the IRB on or before the deadline listed on the IRB website. (Note: Monthly review deadlines apply only to full board submissions. Exempt and expedited submissions are accepted and reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.)
Protocols received after the deadline will typically be reviewed at the next meeting after the upcoming meeting. The IRB Coordinator will contact researchers within five business days after the IRB meeting to indicate the status of the review. If the IRB requests any changes or modifications, it is the researcher’s responsibility to demonstrate the implementation of these requests before approval is granted.
Protocols must be submitted for full board review if the project meets the Federal definition of research as described in Section 1, and involves any of conditions enumerated below.