Expedited Process

Research involving any of the following may qualify for Expedited Review:

  • No use of deception
  • No study of minor children, prisoners, pregnant women, impaired adults
  • No study of illegal activities like drug use
  • No study of private activities like sexual behavior

If the research does not meet the above criteria, it may be referred for review by the convened (full) board or assessed to determine if it qualifies for exemption from ongoing review and approval.

If the research qualifies for expedited review, it will be examined by an expediting reviewer. Expedited reviews are conducted weekly on a "rolling" basis as applications are submitted. Once all required documents are received, the expediting reviewer will examine your application and issue a decision.

Additional Information Requested: If the expediting reviewer requires clarification, additional information, or revisions to your application you will be notified by email when the decision is entered into the system. Each request is noted as a "stipulation" in the system. You must fulfill all stipulations before the expediting reviewer will review your application again and issue a decision.
Approved: You will receive an email notification when the decision is entered into our system. You will also be sent a hard copy of an approval letter by mail within a week of the decision.

NOTE: Research, including subject pre-screening and/or subject recruitment may not begin until formal approval is issued by the IRB.

The approval period for expeditable research is usually one year (exceptions may apply). Federal regulations require that the IRB conduct a continuing review of human subject research at least once per year. Several months prior to the approval expiration date, the IRB will issue reminder notices outlining the steps necessary to submit an application for scheduled continuing review. Subject recruitment, data collection, or data analysis without continuing IRB approval is prohibited past the expiration date assigned by the IRB.

For more information, call the IRB Office at (810) 762-3383 or e-mail at: irb-flint@umflint.edu.