The Clayton State University Institutional Review Board (IRB) strives to review and approve every application as quickly as possible, but the process may take from a few days or weeks, depending on the individual project and the work load of the IRB committee/individual member assigned to the project. There are two important factors which will primarily determine the length of time required for review of an application by the IRB:
The review category into which a given application falls is the primary factor that determines the length of time for review.
Another important factor that influences approval time is the preparedness and responsiveness of the researcher/investigator. Submitting a well-prepared application and promptly responding to any requests for modifications and/or additional information will help expedite the approval process.
It is the researcher's/PI's responsibility to submit an IRB application as far in advance as possible in order to meet research deadlines. The IRB is responsible for reviewing and approving your application to use human subjects, but is not responsible for meeting research deadlines and cannot predict or guarantee approval date.