Expedited Review for Project Applications
Projects that might be expedited through the IRB process are sent out for review via e-mail to committee members
on a continual basis. Please allow 4-5 weeks for the process.
Research projects which may be reviewed through the
expedited process should involve no more than minimal risk to human subjects.
The only involvement of human subjects in the project should be in one
or more of the following categories (carried out through
standard methods), as authorized in §46.110 of 45 CFR Part 46.
- Collection of: hair and nail clippings, in a
nondisfiguring manner; deciduous teeth, and permanent teeth
if patient care indicates a need for extraction.
- Collection of excreta and external secretions, including
sweat, uncannulated saliva, placenta removed at delivery,
and amniotic fluid at the time of rupture of the membrane
prior to or during labor.
- Recording of data from subjects 18 years of age or
older, using noninvasive procedures routinely employed in
clinical practice. This includes the use of physical sensors
that are applied either to the surface of the body or at a
distance, and do not involve input of matter or significant
amounts of energy into the subject, or an invasion of the
subject's privacy. It also includes such procedures as
weighing, testing sensory acuity, electrocardiography,
electroencephalography, thermography, detection of naturally
occurring radioactivity, diagnostic echography, and
electroretinography. It does not include exposure to
electromagnetic radiation outside the visible range (for
example, x-rays, microwaves).
- Collection of blood samples by venipuncture, in amounts
not exceeding 450 milliliters in an eight-week period, and
no more often than two times per week, from subjects 18
years of age or older, and who are in good health and not
- Collection of both supra- and sub-gingival dental plaque
and calculus, provided the procedure is not more invasive
than routine prophylactic sealing of the teeth, and the
process is accomplished in accordance with accepted
- Voice recordings made for research purposes, such as
investigations of speech defects.
- Moderate exercise by healthy volunteers.
- The study of existing data, documents, records,
pathological specimens, or diagnostic specimens.
- Research on individual or group behavior or
characteristics of individuals, such as studies of
perception, cognition, game theory, or test development,
where the investigator does not manipulate subjects'
behavior, and the research will not involve stress to
- Research on drugs or devices, for which an
investigational new drug exemption or an investigational
device exemption is not required.