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IRB-HSR > Protocol Review Process > Levels of Review







Levels of Review

Human Subject Research/ Clinical Investigation of a Test Article

Activities that constitute human subject research or a clinical investigation of a test article require review by an IRB. If unsure if the project meets the definition of human subject research under DHHS regulations or a clinical investigation of a test article under FDA regulations, see “Determination of Human Subject Research as an Agent of UVa”

Exempt Review

If the research engages the researcher in human subject research, the next step is to determine if the research is exempt from additional review. For health sciences research at UVa, this determination is made by IRB-HSR Administrative staff.

To determine if a project meets the criteria for exempt review see Exempt Criteria and Determination of Exemption

Not Engaged in Human Subject Research

If the project does not fall under FDA regulations, but does involve research with human subjects according to DHHS definitions, the research team should then review the project to determine if they are “engaged” in human subject research. See Not Engaged in Human Subject Research

Expedited Review

If the research does not meet the criteria for Exempt Review, the research team should review the expedited criteria to determine if the research meets the criteria for expedited review. See Expedited Review

Review by Convened Meeting of the Full IRB

If research does not meet the exempt or expedited review criteria the research will be assigned to an agenda of a convened meeting of the full IRB for review.

All projects involving the use of investigational drugs, devices, or biologics for which an IND/IDE is required receive full board review.

If the chair, vice-chair or the chair's designee cannot determine the appropriate level of review, the application will be referred to a convened meeting of the full IRB for review.

See Review by Convened Meeting of Full IRB

For information on URGENT review see Urgent Review of Applications

Additional Information

Summary information regarding review types are found under Summary Table of Review Types and Review Type Algorithm: Exempt, Expedited, Full Board