Once approved, researchers will be sent an e-mail notification via the IRBNet system, at which time a determination letter will be made available through IRBNet. The approval letter will communicate the approval date, status report due date (expedited and full only), and expiration date for the research project. Approved consent, parental consent, assent forms and scripts, and any advertisements will be stamped and uploaded to IRBNet as 'board documents', so that researchers will have a record of the approved forms. Stamped versions of forms must be used in the study.
IRB approval expires at one (1) year from the original approval date. Status reports are due for all approved expedited and full projects six (6) months from initial approval. A final report is due prior to the expiration date.
For all three categories of research (full, exempt and expedited), if research will continue beyond the one year approval period, the researcher must reapply to the appropriate board prior to the expiration date. A Continuing Review (Renewal) application package must be submitted on the proper form, including all clean (unstamped) copies of the last approved consent and assent forms and advertisements, as well as any updates (i.e. additional co-investigators or assistants, new instruments, additional populations, etc.).Research that initially required a full review may be resubmitted as expedited if the research fits specific criteria for an expedited review (see Expedited Review). IRBNet will send automatic reminders to researchers and anyone else who has been granted full access to a study, based on the study's expiration date. Please note that it is ultimately the researcher's responsibility to know when his/her approval is set to expire, and to reapply.