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Institutional Review Board : IRB Submission Process

IRB Submission Process

All relevant forms must be completed and submitted before formal IRB review will begin. All materials should be carefully proofread and edited as needed before submission.

The IRB chair will review each submission to determine the level of review required (exempt, expedited or full) and that necessary information and documents have been received. Incomplete submissions will be returned to the PI for correction. Once all required elements are present, the proposed research will be reviewed. The chair may call upon the vice-chair or other board members to assist with this process.

Currently the IRB meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 11:00 a.m. CST. Individuals whose research requires a Full Review may be asked to attend the meeting in which their proposal will be reviewed.

Documents Required for Full Review

Full reviews require an IRB Submission Form, including a comprehensive protocol description, proposed Informed Consent Form, any instruments proposed for use and/or a list of interview questions, and any materials to be distributed to potential or actual participants. Full review is required in all cases where research exposes subjects to more than minimal risk.

 

Documents Required for Expedited Review

Expedited reviews require an IRB Submission Form, including a comprehensive protocol description, proposed Informed Consent Form, any instruments proposed for use and/or a list of interview questions, and any materials to be distributed to potential or actual participants. Studies that entail non-exempt research involving minimal or less than minimal risk to subjects, or non-invasive research, may be eligible to undergo an expedited review at the discretion of the IRB Chair and will be reviewed by the Chair or an assigned IRB member.

 

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Documents Required for Exempt Review

Exempt reviews require a PI to submit an Exempt Review Short Form. The short form is an abbreviated process whereby the PI can demonstrate the research meets the criteria for an exemption. An Informed Consent Form may also need to be submitted, but that requirement may be waived by the IRB. Check with an IRB member for guidance.