Continuing review is required for all expedited and full board approved research projects that exceed one calendar year of implementation from the original approval date. Exempt projects are not subject to continuing review. Projects that pose more than minimal risk as determined by the IRB committee may be subject to continuing review more often than annually.

Project closure is necessary upon termination or completion of any research project. Projects are considered to have reached completion when the study is closed to new participants and follow up and all data collection is complete. If researchers propose to follow-up with participants at a later date, the project is not considered complete and must undergo annual continuing review. Projects that use personally identifiable information are not considered complete until all data analyses are completed. Projects are considered terminated if, after receiving initial IRB approval, they are abandoned for any reason.

Form required for this review—IRB Project Continuation/Closure Request Form

Forms must be submitted in paper copy to IRB secretary Jennifer Kozak, Building 6, Suite 750.

For additional information, contact Patricia Cahape Hammer, IRB chair, at extension 53005 or