Institutional Review Board (IRB) FAQ

  1. Where can IRB category determination (ie. exempt, expedited, or full board review) and length of the approval process be found? 

    1. There is information on the PPHS (Program for the Protection of Human Subjects) website regarding the IRB Submission process. It might be helpful to also join the PPHS virtual office hours, where a specialist meets with you live to discuss your questions or concerns. 

  2. When are the Clinical Research Forums scheduled? 

    1. The Clinical Research Forum is held on the first Wednesday of every month. I would recommend you sign up for the Research Listserv announcements. You can also find previous recordings of the CR Forums on the Clinical Research Coordinator Vault. 

  3. Are ancillary reviews submitted in RUTH done in parallel or sequentially? 

    1. Ancillary reviews submitted via RUTH can be done in parallel or concurrently. The only caveat is that if the analyst reviewing your study requires another office review (E.g., COI (Conflict of Interest), that other ancillary office would have to sign off in RUTH before it can move forward.