Institutional Review Board for Social and Behavioral Research (IRB-SBS)

iProtocol Guide

Expedited Protocols

The writers of the federal regulations mandating IRB review recognized that not all research rises to the level of full board review. In some cases, a protocol needs IRB approval but the level of risk in the protocol is considered minimal and the review can be expedited. One of the key elements to defining an expedited protocol for the Social and Behavioral Sciences is determining if the protocol's risk level is minimal (aka "minimal risk"). If the protocol meets the definition for minimal risk in addition to the expedited categories defined by OHRP, the Board can expedite a protocol’s review.

Comparing expedited and full board protocols