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Modification Review Process

  • Modifications may be submitted for IRB-SBS review at any time. Please note that depending on the review load in our office and risk level of the proposed modification, modification review can take 2-5 weeks.
  • After the IRB-SBS receives your materials, a member of our staff will pre-review your materials to verify that everything is submitted properly. 
  • Within three to five business days (depending on the review load in our office) you will receive a response from an IRB-SBS staff member outlining suggested revisions for the modification.
  • When the modification has completed the pre-review process, the IRB-SBS staff member will recommend your modification for either full board review or expedited review.
  • The modification will then be reviewed by an IRB-SBS member in an expedited review, or it will be assigned to the next available full board meeting. Please note that the IRB-SBS committee member conducting the expedited review could require that the modification be reviewed at the full board meeting. Modifications requiring full board review will automatically be reviewed at the next IRB-SBS meeting.
  • After the modification is reviewed by the committee member or the full board, you will receive an email confirmation regarding the IRB-SBS decision and further directions for revisions or resubmission, if necessary.  If/when the modification is approved or exempt, you will receive an email confirmation followed by a hard copy letter which will include stamped consent forms (where applicable). Do not apply your modification to your research until you have received confirmation of your approval or exemption.
  • If you are making extensive modifications to the protocol, it may be necessary to submit a new protocol. If you have questions, please contact our office.

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