How to Apply for IRB

The process of applying for IRB review

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The first steps are: 

  1. Decide whether or not your research is subject to institutional review.
  2. Decide whether it qualifies for exempt-level of IRB review, expedited-level of review, or requires full-board review (you may also see definitions of these in the IRB Policy Manual). Or – you can ask us:
  3. Watch this video on informed consent from the National Institute of Mental Health.

  4. Make a decision as to whether the informed consent form may be waived in your study. Note that expedited-level and full-board level applications usually require the use of the informed consent form (ICF)

Submit your IRB application via email to irbsubmission@westernu.edu.





updated 02-05-2018 ng