Steps for IRB Review

Steps for IRB Review

Determine the level of review

Depending on the nature of the research and the degree of risk, projects will qualify for one of the following level of review: Exempt, Expedited or Full review status.

Consult the regulations.

It is important to review the regulations governing human subjects protection to familiarize yourself with the policies. Show that the potential benefits of your research outweigh risks, efforts have been made to minimize risk, you are utilizing sound research methodology, and you are taking care to ensure the privacy of your subjects. Pay attention to policies on conflict of interest. In some cases, you will need to submit materials involving financial disclosure.

Consult with the IRB.

You may discuss with the IRB Chair, or another member of the Committee your proposed research project. Student research and research proposed by external investigators must be overseen by a St. Catherine University faculty or staff.

Prepare and submit your application.

Application and supporting documents are to be submitted and managed through Mentor IRB for all levels of review. The classroom protocol process remains separate from the Mentor IRB system.

Await notification.

Full Reviews will be scheduled based on the order in which they are received.  Once the agenda is full, additional full reviews will be scheduled in the next available meeting. Notification regarding the status of a full review application will be sent about one week following the meeting. For exempt and expedited reviews, the process takes about two to three weeks from final application submission to review and respond. During periods of high volume of applications, reviews may require an additional one to two weeks.

Until you have received written notice that your research has been approved, you should not begin to collect data or interact with human subjects.