Average Days to Approval

If your review has a deadline or specific time constraint, please give yourself (and the IRB) enough lead-time to complete your review before your deadline.

Approximate time from submission to IRB decision:
For new protocols, progress reports, and protocol amendments that modify the research–4-6 weeks
Staff amendments –4 working days

These turnaround times assume that investigators respond promptly to IRB queries.  For reviews that require full-board attention, turnaround could be affected by the timing of full-board meetings. Please visit our meeting date guidance page for more information.

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Please submit your protocol to irb@bu.edu or to our address: Institutional Review Board, Room 157, 25 Buick Street, Boston, MA 02215.  Please be sure to email your informed consent document(s) in electronic word document format.