Appealing an IRB Decision

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From time to time, the IRB will ask that the primary investigator rewrite and resubmit a proposal. If the IRB makes a decision that an investigator believes to be unfair, unsubstantiated, or unduly restrictive on his/her proposed research, the investigator should first discuss the matter with the IRB Chair(s) and the a representative from the IRB office. The investigator should be prepared to present reasons that s/he believes that the proposed research is in compliance with College policy and federal regulations for the protection of human participants.

If the issue cannot be resolved satisfactorily by negotiation, the investigator may appeal the decision, in writing, to the IRB. In developing his/her appeal, the investigator is encouraged to seek the advice or opinion of an objective, qualified consultant to support the claim that the proposed research is in compliance with human participants policy and regulations. The investigator must appear before the IRB to present their appeal and any supportive material or documentation obtained through consultation. Based upon this appeal, the IRB will issue a final recommendation on the proposed research.

Last Updated 11/3/17

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