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Review Turnaround Time for Minimal Risk IRB Applications

Oct 21, 2010 at 2:13pm

Turnaround time for the review and approval of Minimal Risk IRB Applications is likely to be somewhat longer than usual during Autumn Quarter, 2010.  We recommend that you allow 6-8 weeks for obtaining approval of Minimal Risk applications

With the start of the new academic year, many students and faculty start to plan new research projects.  For projects involving human subjects, it is important to allow sufficient time for the mandatory Institutional Review Board (IRB) review and approval process.  This must be completed before beginning the research.

The median turnaround time for receiving, reviewing, and approving applications was 19 business days (about 4 weeks) for our most recent reporting period, with a range of 0-248 business days.  This includes the time at HSD as well as the time taken by a researcher to respond to questions or reviews.

HSD's Minimal Risk team has been experiencing a steadily increasing workload during the past several months.  In addition, some positions on the team have been recently filled with new individuals or are vacant.  During this personnel transition period, we expect that Minimal Risk reviews will take somewhat longer.   We ask for your patience, and we assure you that we are continuing to look at various possibilities for making our process more efficient.