Types of IRB Review

Whether you are begining a new Full Board Study or preparing for continuing review, the following information will inform you about the specific levels of IRB review.

levels of reviewNot Human Subjects Research (NHSR)

Research that does not fit the federal definition of “human subjects” or “research” is referred to as “Not Human Subjects Research” or “NHSR”. A short online application is used by the IRB to determine if a project is NHSR.

Exempt Review

Research can be approved as “exempt” if it is no more than “minimal risk” and fits one of the 6 federally designated categories. “Exempt” DOES NOT MEAN THE STUDY IS EXEMPT FROM IRB REVIEW.

Expedited Review

Research can be approved as “exempt” if it fits in one of the 9 expedited review categories.

Full Board  Review

Research that does not qualify for expedited or exempt review and/or presents more than minimal risks to subjects will receive Full Board Review.

Continuing Review

The IRB determines the period of approval and frequency of review for all studies involving human subjects research. If an investigator intends to continue the study beyond the period for which it was approved, then the investigator must complete a Continuing Review application.

Other Guidance

If you need additional guidance contact the IRB to which you will be submitting your application:
HSIRB Contact Page
UPIRB Contact Page