FAQ: What are the types of IRB review and which should I choose for my IRB application?

There are three main types of initial review:

  • Exempt
  • Expedited
  • Full board

Federal regulations define what research activties may qualify for exempt or expedited review. Projects that do not meet the criteria for exempt or expedited are full board.

It is important for investigators to guide the IRB by categorizing their own research project as part of the initial application process. However, if it is determined that the project is not eligible for the category selected, the category will be changed, the investigator will be notified, and the application will be reviewed in the category designated.

More information can be found in the HRPP Manual, Section 8-1, Exemptions, Section 8-2, Expedited Review Procedure, and Section 8-3, Full Board Review Procedure.