IRB Review Process

When you submit your application, the CSUF IRB will determine which federal category it applies to for review — exempt, expedited or full committee. If your application is incomplete or additional information or revisions are needed in order to continue the review process, you will be contacted at the email address on your application. If you are a student, the IRB coordinator may also copy your faculty adviser on correspondence as a courtesy. 

Exempt or Expedited categories: expect to receive your approval notice and stamped/approved consent forms, if applicable, within 2-3 weeks. If the CSUF IRB has requested that you supply additional information or revisions in order to approve your application, this process can take longer. If the CSUF IRB does not receive a response or the requested information within a timely manner, you may be notified that your file has been closed, and a new application will be required for resubmission.

Full Committee review: your application will be placed on the agenda for the next CSUF IRB meeting, which corresponds with the submission deadlines. A primary reviewer will be assigned to review your application, and you will be contacted by this reviewer prior to the meeting if additional information or concerns apply. Your attendance is not required at the meeting unless requested by your primary reviewer. After the CSUF IRB has reviewed and voted on your application, you will be notified by email of the outcome of the vote. If additional revisions or information are requested, submit them to the CSUF IRB within a timely manner. If the CSUF IRB has voted to table discussion of your application pending receipt of additional information or revisions, your application will be placed on the agenda for the next meeting.