What to expect during the review process

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Once Research Compliance Services (RCS) has received the completed application application packet and it is deemed is ready for pre-review by a Research Compliance Administrator, RCS will send an email confirming receipt of the submission. For new applications, the study will be assigned a protocol number. This number will not change during the life of the protocol. Please be sure to reference the protocol number on all correspondence with RCS. If you do not receive an email from us confirming receipt of your application within one week, please contact RCS by email or phone (541) 346-2510.

RCS processes applications in the order they are received. Application materials are reviewed by a Research Compliance Administrator prior to being reviewed by an IRB member. It is common for RCS and the IRB to request revisions to protocols as part of the review and approval process. Your timely response to requests for revisions or additional information will help facilitate the processing time. Average processing time is four to six weeks; however, the time it takes from initial submission to approval depends on several factors including, but not limited to, the completeness and quality of the application and our current volume of protocol submissions. Researchers should submit the protocol application six to eight weeks in advance of the anticipated start date for human subjects activities in order to ensure timely review.