Office of Research Compliance

IRB Review Levels 

IRB Review Levels 

There are three IRB review levels: Exempt, Expedited and Full Board   

First, the research activity is assessed to determine the risk level. Minimal risk is defined as the probability and magnitude of harm or discomfort anticipated in the research are not greater in and of themselves than those ordinarily encountered in daily life or during the routine performance of physical or psychological examinations or tests. Second, if a study is determined to be minimal risk, it may meet criterion for:

Exemption - Studies must fit in one or more of these categories. Determination of exemption is processed by the Office of Research Compliance and the approximate turnaround time is 2 weeks. 

or

Expedited Review - Studies must fit in one or more of these categories. Expedited reviews are conducted by a sub-committee of the IRB and the approximate turnaround time is 6 weeks.

Third, if a study is determined to be greater than minimal risk, it must undergo:

Full Board Review - The approximate turnaround time is 8 weeks.  Because the review is conducted in a monthly convened meeting, there are submission deadlines.  Click here to see meeting schedules and submission deadlines.