Meeting Dates and Types of Review

Upcoming Meeting Dates

The full CWRU IRB meets once per month. If an investigator does not submit a protocol requiring full board review before the monthly deadline date, the review will automatically take more than four weeks. It is important to keep the deadline dates in mind in order to avoid these types of delays.

Some protocols are delayed because they require multiple full board reviews due to poorly written protocols that require substantial revision or additional information. The IRB cannot approve protocols that are lacking required information or that are unclear. Careful preparation of the application by the investigator helps to avoid such delays.

Deadline Meeting Date
August 28, 2019 September 11, 2019
September 18, 2019 October 2, 2019
October 23, 2019 November 6, 2019
November 20, 2019 December 4, 2019
December 18, 2019 January 8, 2020
January 22, 2020 February 5, 2020
February 19, 2020 March 4, 2020
March 18, 2020 April 1, 2020
April 22, 2020 May 6, 2020
May 20, 2020 June 3, 2020


Types of IRB Review

Type of Review Brief Description Deadlines AND Continuous/Monthly

Exempt Determination

A determination of exemption is made by the Office of Research Compliance (ORC), and not by the investigator(s).

Research may be exempted if the research is minimal risk and fits the criteria listed in 45 CFR 46.101(b). See the Guidebook for local criteria and information.

Continuous process; there are no deadlines.

Expedited Review

Research may be processed through expedited review if the research is of minimal risk and involves procedures listed in 45 CFR 46.110. See the Guidebook (below) for more details.

Continuous process; there are no deadlines.

Full Review

Research is reviewed by the full CWRU IRB if it does not fall under one of the above categories, and (usually) if it involves minors, the cognitively impaired, prisoners, pregnant women, fetuses, or the educationally/economically disadvantaged. Sensitive research topics may also require full review.

Monthly process: meetings are *usually* held on the first Wednesday of each month during the academic year, unless interrupted by holidays. Summer meeting dates may vary. Deadline is 14 days prior to the meeting (see below for upcoming dates).