When and how to request an urgent IRB review

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:

  1. Ensure your submission is complete and accurate to avoid the delay in having it returned to you for corrections.
  2. Prepare and submit the project as quickly as possible.
  3. 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. 
  4. Email the IRB at irb@ohsu.edu 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. 


For more information, please visit the IRB Review page. Please email Research Integrity at irb@ohsu.edu with any questions.