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Once all research-related interventions or interactions with human subjects have been completed and all data collection and analysis of identifiable private information described in the IRB-approved protocol have been finished, the human subjects research study has been completed and the investigator should close the study with the IRB. Please note that as of Fall 2017, student researchers must also submit a Close-Out Form once their study is complete.
If an investigator decides to terminate or close the study prior to completion (or before initiation), a Close-Out Form should be submitted.
To close a study the investigator needs to submit Form L (Close-Out Form).
After Form L is submitted, it will undergo review by the IRB. The IRB may request additional information to ensure that the study is in good standing and ready to be closed. Once the submission is approved, the study is considered "closed" by the IRB. If an investigator wishes to resume the research after it has been closed, a new study will have to be submitted and approved.
Once a study has been completed, investigators should continue to honor any confidentiality protections of the data. Investigators also should honor any other commitments that were agreed to as part of the approved research such as providing information about the study results to research subjects and/or honoring commitments for reimbursement to research subjects for participation.