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A: You should submit an application in INSPIR. We can’t make a determination without a description in INSPIR of what you are planning. Depending on how you obtain the teeth and whether or not you have any information about the people whose teeth you will be studying, this may be determined to be Not Human Subjects Research (NHSR), Exempt Human Subject Research, or Human subject research that can be approved by an Expedited process.
A: I’m sorry to say that there is no mechanism for granting an extension on a continuing review. The Federal Regulations mandate that a continuing review of a study be conducted at least every 12 months. Anyone listed as study personnel (co-investigators, study coordinator, research assistants, etc.) can create and fill out the continuing review form; and then you would only need to sign-off on it in INSPIR. Another option is that you can assign someone as a proxy for signing off on your submissions while you are on leave. This needs to be done within INSPIR, but then, whoever you assign would be authorized to sign-off on your behalf. You can find an explanation of the process here: http://www.bumc.bu.edu/irb/files/2011/03/Proxy-PI.pdf.