The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews projects by one of three methods:
- Exempt from full board review,
- Expedited review, and
- Full board review.
The investigator may recommend the review category, but final determination of the category will be made by the IRB. A project may be subject to more comprehensive review at the discretion of the IRB. The first page of the IRB application provides details on the review timelines for each level of review.
The review period also may involve revisions or modifications to the protocol to gain approval. The protocol may be exempted, approved, or disapproved during the review process.
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