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

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:

Where can I find my study’s expiration date?

If your study has an expiration date, you can find it two different ways:

  • Open the study in iRIS and find the expiration date near the top of the screen.
  • Check your most recent IRB approval letter. For help finding your approval letters, click on the Tutorial icon in iRIS and then select the “Find My IRB Approval Letters” tutorial from the pop-up window.

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

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).

My Full Committee study’s expiration date falls within this time frame. What can I do to help prevent it from expiring?

Submit it as early as possible (recommended: 6 weeks prior to expiration date) and avoid making modifications to your study materials at the time of Continuing Review, as the review of modifications takes additional time. Whenever possible, get the Continuing Review submission approved first and then submit modifications afterward

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

2022 and 2023 meeting dates and submission deadlines can be found at

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

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.

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

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 then be forwarded to an IRB Analyst)