Understanding Your IRB Decision

Full Board Approval

What It Means:
Your research protocol has been approved! The final approval will be emailed to you.

What Now:
Once you receive the final approval you may begin the research using the accepted protocol.


Contingent Approval

What It Means:
The protocol has been conditionally approved provided certain actions are completed. Often, this results because minor pieces of information are missing or are unknown. Some actions may include: the submission of letters from off-campus research sites, the acknowledgement of a point of contact in a foreign country, or the submission of consent forms that need to be translated because resources to translate documents are not available locally. In some cases, when the researcher needs approval from an external institution, such as a public school, the IRB approval is conditional upon the other institution's approval. Research may not commence until all requested actions have been completed and approved by the IRB.

What Now:
Complete the requested actions and submit them to the IRB.


Approval Withheld Pending Changes

What It Means:
Approval has been withheld until minor problems in the protocol and related documents are corrected. The investigator will receive an email from the IRB requesting the necessary revisions to clarifications. Research may not commence until the revisions have been addressed and accepted.

What Now:
Correct the issues and submit the revisions. The standard time to submit revisions is less than 30 days, however, you may contact us if you need more time.


Tabled

What It Means:
There are substantive issues with the protocol that require correction. Major clarifications are needed to the associated risk and/or procedures, or further information is needed to continue the review. Research may not commence until the investigator has provided the information, clarifications, or revisions, and the IRB has reviewed and approved it.

What Now:
Provide the IRB with the requested information, clarifications, or revisions. Your application will be reviewed at the next monthly full board meeting.


Disapproved

What It Means:
The investigator may not conduct the proposed research. He or she will be provided with the reasons for the IRB's decision.

What Now:
The investigator has the opportunity to respond to the Board in writing or in-person. The investigator may resubmit a protocol to the IRB for review if the reasons given for being disapproved have been corrected and addressed.