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Documents which must be filed to the UGA IRB office have been added below and here's a link to the  UGA IRB Guidelines.

What are the submissions deadlines?

IRB meetings are held at noon on the second Friday of each month in Room 628 Boyd Graduate Studies Research Center (OVPR Conference Room), unless otherwise noted*.

Proposals that will be reviewed by expedited and exempt (administrative) procedures are processed and reviewed as they are received by the Human Subjects Office.

New proposals, amendments, and continuing reviews must be submitted for Full Board review by the submission deadline according to the following schedule:

Submission Date for Full Committee Review Meeting Date
April 20, 2011 May 20, 2011
May 10, 2011 June 10, 2011
June 8, 2011 July 15, 2011
July 12, 2011 August 12, 2011
August 9, 2011 September 9, 2011
September 7, 2011 October 7, 2011
October 11, 2011 November 11, 2011
November 9, 2011 December 9, 2011


How long does it take to get approval?

The IRB recommends that the researcher consult with the Human Subjects Office early in the planning stages of research in order to facilitate the coordination of the various grant and committee deadlines to which the research may be subject for review. There are separate campus committees that are also mandated to review research for compliance with a variety of other regulations including the use of animals, recombinant DNA, Radioisotopes, and hazardous chemicals.

A. The length of time required for review of an application by the IRB is largely dependent on the review category into which a given application falls:

  1. Administrative (Exempt) Review category applications are reviewed, and researcher is generally notified within three to four weeks of the receipt date by the Human Subjects Office.
  2. Projects qualifying for expedited review are sent out to IRB members on a regular basis.  Researcher is generally notified within four weeks of the receipt date.
  3. The agenda for applications requiring full committee review at a convened meeting of the IRB is prepared at least two weeks prior to the meeting date. Applications for research that may require this level of review should be submitted to the IRB at least 1 month prior to the scheduled meeting, unless other arrangements have been made with the Human Subjects Office. Early submission may help to secure a place on the agenda of the desired meeting but review at that meeting cannot be guaranteed since Board meetings are often booked a couple of months in advance. The Human Subjects Office web site should be consulted for specific meeting schedules and application submission deadlines to help ensure a timely review.

Additional Notes of Interest:

The University of Georgia IRB requires documented completion of the human subject research protection training at the time of application submission. The principal investigator and all personnel engaged in the conduct of research with human subjects are required to complete the training for all new applications, continuing reviews, or addition of new research personnel on approved studies, regardless of funding status.

For researchers who have not submitted an IRB application in the past, a copy of the training certificate(s) must be included with the IRB application. If the Human Subjects Office (HSO) receives an IRB application and the training requirement has not been satisfied by all research team members, the application will be sent back to the principal investigator.

This training requirement will be satisfied by the completion of the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative Course or CITI, a web-based training program on the protection of human research subjects. There are tracks for social/behavioral and biomedical researchers, and researcher should choose the track that is most appropriate for the type of research that will be conducted. Each course module has an associated quiz. An aggregate score of 80% is required to receive a course completion report. This report can be downloaded, and will also be sent to UGA’s Human Subjects Office. Researchers will be required to complete a refresher course every five (5) years.

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Good turn around tine for approval. No training required?
Posted 13:55, 13 Jul 2011
CITI training must be completed prior to submission of the IRB application, and must be refreshed every 5 years. - see last paragraph. edited 10:25, 14 Jul 2011
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