Submissions for IRB review are typically reviewed in the order in which they are received. However, there are situations that require more urgent attention.
Examples of these are:
- Subjects are critically ill and awaiting IRB approval of an initial submission or modification.
- Imminent funding deadline (e.g., NIH just-in-time notifications).
- Projects with tight timelines, such as a summer student research project.
In urgent cases, please take the following steps:
- Ensure your submission is complete and accurate to avoid the delay in having it returned to you for corrections.
- Prepare and submit the project as quickly as possible.
- Use the ‘Add Comment’ function in the eIRB to request an urgent review and route to the “IRB Coordinator” by marking that checkbox before submitting your comment.
- Email the IRB at email@example.com to inform their office of your request, indicating in the subject line that it is an urgent review request. If possible, include the IRB number with a hyperlink in the body of the email and describe the rationale for the request.