Review Process

Protocol reviews are prospective. No retrospective approvals can be granted.

Performing research with human subjects without prior IRB approval is unethical, illegal, and may jeopardize the rights and welfare of participants in research. A project that is conducted without IRB approval is subject to termination or other action by the University.

Investigators are responsible for allowing a minimum of 30 business days for the review process. (This means that you should apply at least 5 weeks before your anticipated start date.) Please carefully edit and proof read all application materials before submission to HSRP as incomplete and missing information will cause delays in the protocol application review process.

The NU IRB meets monthly to review protocols. Depending upon the nature of the research, some studies may be reviewed and approved independently by the Chair of the NU IRB. Other studies may require review by the full committee.

More information about categories of review