IRB Limited Meeting Schedule: Impact on Studies Expiring in November, December, January

To: Investigators and Study Teams ​​​​​​​

Please note that there will be slightly fewer IRB meetings in November, December, and January because of the holiday schedule. We will conduct 23 meetings throughout November-January, in contrast to the 27 meetings we normally conduct over a 3-month period.

If your study requires review by a convened IRB committee (i.e., “Full Committee”) and is set to expire in November, December, or January, please submit your continuing review at least six weeks prior to study expiration.

Below is a list of common questions:

Q) Where can I find my study’s expiration date?

A) If your study has an expiration date, you can find it near the top of the screen in iRIS, and also on your most recent IRB approval letter.

Q) How do I know if my Continuing Review submission requires Full Committee review?

A) Your study needs Full Committee review if it is determined to be “greater than minimal risk” by the IRB (check your IRB approval letter for the risk level designation).

Q) Are there submission deadlines for Continuing Reviews to get on an upcoming meeting agenda?

A) 2021 and 2022 meeting dates and submission deadlines can be found at the following link:

Q) How do I know which IRB Committee will review my study?

A) The “Reviewing Committee” is based on your most recent IRB approval letter. Typically, your Continuing Review will go to the same committee that reviewed it previously.

Q) I submitted my Continuing Review. Can I track its review status?

A) Yes. Follow the instructions here: Find My Study

Additional questions? Please contact the IRB using one of the following methods:

  • Submit an Ask Andy form (preferred)
  • Email [email protected]
  • Call 415-476-1814 (Note: you will be prompted to leave a voicemail which will be forwarded to an IRB Analyst)