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Complete the forms for the type of review you determine that your study requires as determined by the TWU IRB Procedures. The IRB may change the level of review for your application based on the human participant risks involved and the nature of the study.

Exempt applications are for studies that meet one of the following categories as exempt under federal guidelines: 1) Research conducted in established or commonly accepted education settings, 2) research involving the use of education tests, survey procedures, interview procedures, or observation of public behavior UNLESS the information is recorded in such a manner that human subjects can be identified AND disclosure of the responses outside the research could reasonably place the subjects at risk of criminal or civil liability, 3) Research involving the use of education tests, interview procedures, or observation of public behavior that is not exempt under item 2 if the subjects are elected or appointed public officials, 4) research involving the collection or study of existing data if the information is recorded by the investigator in such a manner that subjects cannot be identified, 5) research and demonstration projects which are designed to study, evaluate, or otherwise examine public benefit or service programs, and 6) taste and food quality evaluation and consumer acceptance studies. Exempt applications will be reviewed by at least one IRB member (usually the chair), and the applicant can expect to receive a response from the IRB within two weeks.* For exempt applications, the Application for Exempt Studies must be submitted. See the instructions for guidance on completing this form. Exempt applications will be accepted and processed at any time and do not have to follow the deadline schedule.

Expedited applications may be submitted for studies that involve no more than minimal risks to the participants. The expedited review process is typically used for research using questionnaires, surveys, and interviews where subjects may be identified and disclosure of the research data could reasonably place the subjects at risk. A complete list of the expedited review categories can be found on the OHRP website. Expedited applications are sent for review to three IRB members, and the applicant can expect to receive a response from the IRB within three weeks.* For expedited applications, the Application Form for Expedited and Full Review Studies must be submitted. See the instructions for guidance on completing this form. Expedited applications will be accepted and processed at any time and do not have to follow the deadline schedule.

Full Review applications must be submitted for studies that do not meet the criteria for exempt or expedited reviews. These studies typically involve more than minimal risks to the participants, prisoner research, or research using vulnerable populations. Full review applications are reviewed by the entire IRB at its monthly meetings. Click on the appropriate location for the full review application deadlines and/or meeting dates for the Denton, Dallas, and Houston IRBs.  Applicants need to allow up to two weeks after the date of the meeting for a response from the IRB.* For full review applications, the Application Form for Expedited and Full Review Studies must be submitted. See the instructions for guidance on completing this form.

* These times are estimates and may require additional time during certain times of the academic calendar such as summer, semester breaks, and holidays.

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