Review Timeline

All levels of committee review use the same PSU IRB human subjects research application form. The same criteria for approval are used for each of the three levels of review. The major difference between the three levels of review is the internal process used by the committee to review the application. Exempt and expedited applications for human subjects research are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.  Please see IRB monthly meeting schedule and deadlines for applications requiring a full board review.

Exempt/Expedited Review

Federal guidelines allow for some research to be exempt from full IRB committee review or eligible for expedited review by the committee.  The review should normally take about 2 weeks if all required information and documents are provided and there are no revisions or additional information required.

Full Board Review

Applications/proposals that require full Committee review may take up to two months to be reviewed depending on when the application is received and the complexity of the proposal.

IRB Meeting Schedule

Deadline for Receipt of Applications
Requiring Full Board Level Review 
IRB Meeting Dates 


September 3, 2020 September 17, 2020
October 1, 2020 October 15, 2020
November 5, 2020 November 19, 2020
December 3, 2020 December 17, 2020
January 7, 2021 January 21, 2021
February 4, 2021 February 18, 2021
March 4, 2021 March 18, 2021
April 1, 2021 April 15, 2021
May 6, 2021 May 20, 2021