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Human Subjects Division (HSD)


Closing a Study and IRB Application

If all research-related activities with human subjects have been completed, and all data collection and analysis of identifiable private information or specimens described in the IRB-approved research plan have been finished, then the human subjects research study has been completed.

When a human subjects research study has been completed, the investigators no longer are required to obtain continuing review and approval of that study by the IRB. UW researchers should inform the IRB that a study has ended by selecting "CLOSE IRB Application" on the "Status Report Form" that is submitted following the end of the study.

Once a study has been completed, investigators may keep the data they collected, including identifiable private data, if consistent with the IRB-approved research plan. Investigators should continue to honor any confidentiality protections of the data, as well as any other commitments that were agreed to as part of the approved research (e.g., providing information about the study results to research subjects, or honoring commitments for compensation for research participation).