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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

 


How long will the review process take?

The length of time for a review depends on the category of review that is required.

Full Committee Review

Research studies requiring full committee review will be reviewed at the next available meeting (see Deadlines/Calendar for more information). Please allow at least one week after the meeting for a response from the review.

Expedited Review

Research studies which qualify for expedited review or exemption (including revisions to approved research studies) are reviewed on a rolling basis. Please allow at least two weeks after your submission before we contact you regarding the outcome of the review.


Who must apply for human subjects review through the IRB?

The Institutional Review Board of The College of New Jersey is charged with the responsibility and authority to approve, require modification in, halt unapproved or non-compliant research, periodically monitor the progress of long-term records, or disapprove all research activities involving humans that fall within its jurisdiction.

All research involving the collection of information, data or specimens/samples from or about human subjects or information, data, specimens/samples gathered from humans at some prior time either by the researchers themselves or someone else, must be reviewed and approved by the IRB prior to such studies being undertaken.


What is considered research?

Research is defined as “a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation,designed evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.”


What is informed consent?

Informed consent means the knowing, legally effective consent of any individual or the individual’s legally authorized representative. Such consent can be obtained only under circumstances that provide the prospective subject or representative sufficient opportunity to consider whether or not to participate and that minimize the possibility of coercion or undue influence.


How long will the review process take?

The length of time for a review depends on the category of review that is required

Full Board Review

Research studies requiring full committee review will be reviewed at the next available meeting (see Deadlines/Calendar for more information). Please allow at least one week after the meeting before we contact you regarding the outcome of the review.

Expedited Review

Research studies which qualify for expedited review or exemption (including revisions to approved research studeies) are reviewed on a rolling basis. Please allow at least two weeks after your submission before we contact you regarding the outcome of the review.


What do I have to report to the IRB?

Each approved study is expected to submit a brief report annually to the IRB (unless a more frequent renewal cycle is required). The report should summarize all procedures and interactions with human subjects in the study during the year.

Principal Investigators must promptly report to the IRB, appropriate institutional officials, the relevant Department or Agency Head, any applicable regulatory body, and OHRP of any unanticipated problems involving risks to subjects or others.

Changes in approved research protocols must be reported promptly to the IRB, and the changes may not be initiated without IRB review and approval, except when necessary to eliminate apparent immediate hazards to the subject.


If you have a question that is not on this list, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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