Ceding Oversight to Another IRB/Ethics Board

Ceding Oversight to Another IRB

Note: No SU affiliate may engage in any aspect of a collaborative study until receiving written documentation from the SU IRB regarding ceding oversight. Plan timelines accordingly.

SU affiliates who collaborate with researchers at other institutions may request that the SU IRB cede oversight to another institution. Additionally, for some programs -- such as the College of Nursing -- where researchers must go through a separate IRB (such as Swedish/Providence, etc.), the IRB will consider ceding oversight even when the SU affiliate is the sole investigator. (When planning collaborative research with individuals at other institutions or if required to go through another IRB, always consult with the SU IRB early in the process.)

The SU IRB does not have a separate form for ceding oversight. Submit the following to irb@seattleu.edu

  • The complete approved final protocol application
  • The institutional approval or determination letter
  • Any accompanying site permission letters (if applicable)
  • Indicate in the email body why you are asking the SU IRB to cede oversight to this particular institution.

Our SU IRB reviewers will determine whether the approved protocol meets our institutional policies and human subjects protections criteria. If so, the SU IRB will formally cede oversight to the approving institution, and the SU affiliate will not need to go through further SU IRB review for this research protocol.

However, because different institutions may have different thresholds or criteria for review levels, a protocol determined as exempt by one institution may require a higher review level at another (or vice versa). In some cases, the SU IRB may require the SU affiliate to submit the protocol as an independent submission to the SU IRB.