NUS-IRB: Review Process & Timelines

 

IRB - Institutional Review Board
PI - Principal Investigator

Note: All timelines stated below are an estimate, subject to changes (depending on volume of applications received) and only apply if (i) documents are complete and (ii) PI responds to the IRB in a timely manner.

 

Timelines for New Applications (in working days)

Category of Review

Activity

HBR

SBER

Exemption

Administrative Queries

5

5

Preliminary Review (by IRB Secretariat)

5-15

5-15

Secretariat’s Response Upon PI’s reply

5

5

IRB Review (excluding further queries)

5

5

Expedited

Administrative Queries

5

5

Preliminary Review (by IRB Secretariat)

5-20

5-15

Secretariat’s Response Upon PI’s reply

5-10

5

IRB Review (excluding further queries)

5-10

5-10

Escalation to Full Review

Will be tabled and reviewed at the next IRB meeting.

Will be tabled and reviewed at the next IRB meeting.

Full

Administrative Queries

5

5

Preliminary Review (by IRB Secretariat)

5-20

5-15

Secretariat’s Response Upon PI’s reply

5-10

5

IRB Review (excluding further queries)

Will be tabled and reviewed at the next IRB meeting. PI must complete Preliminary Review successfully 10 working days prior to IRB meeting.

Will be tabled and reviewed at the next IRB meeting. PI must complete Preliminary Review successfully 10 working days prior to IRB meeting.

 

 

Timelines for Protocol Amendment

For simple, straightforward Protocol Amendments (i.e. changes in Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator(s) and/or contact information): 5 working days (Administrative Query) + 5 working days (Preliminary Review and IRB Review).

For all other Protocol Amendments – to follow the queue and timelines stated above for new applications.