The following categories of research require full IRB review.
Research that is judged to involve more than minimal risk, intentional deception, or the use of special populations as subjects, must receive this full committee review.
The full committee receives copies of your protocol in advance of their regular meeting. When they meet, they will discuss your protocol, decide if they feel it needs any revisions, additions, or clarifications, and will vote on whether it is approved or not approved, with or without the revisions. Investigators will be notified about the decision immediately after the meeting. It will not be at all unusual to have to make changes, particularly if an informed consent form is necessary. This is another reason to allow plenty of time for the review process to take place. Human subjects research is a complex and sensitive matter to conduct, and it is to the investigator’s benefit to get the perspective that the HSC can bring to his or her project.