Archived News

The Expedited/Full Board Application Has Been Revised

September 4, 2013

In an effort to streamline the initial review process, the IRB application for new Expedited and Full board studies has been revised. Please note that some sections have been removed from the main application and are now appendices. The appendices only need to be completed if they apply to your study.

The updated application can be found here: New IRB Applications

Please remember to download and use the most current version of each form when submitting to the IRB.

Alert: CITI Program Website will be Unavailable for 2-4 Days

July 23, 2013

Starting Monday, July 29th at 11 a.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time, the CITI Program website will be unavailable for approximately two to four days to complete a major software upgrade. See here for more details.

Changes to Classroom Protocols

July 12, 2012

As of August 1, 2012, the CRC IRB will no longer require that faculty submit “Classroom Protocols’ to the IRB for review.  These classroom activities are not considered to be human subjects research as there is no intent to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Review our website to learn more about the Classroom Protocol changes.

Documents Get a New Look

May 16, 2012

In an effort to improve readability and easy access to pertinent study information (e.g. expiration date), the IRB approval stamps have been revised.

Effective May 16, 2012, certain approved documents (e.g. consent form, flyers, letters, questionnaires, etc.) will include an electronic IRB approval stamp as seen below:

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Important note – there is no action needed of you at this time.

You should continue to use your currently valid and approved documents. The IRB will issue documents with the new stamps when re-approval is required for these documents (i.e. amendment or progress report approval).

Please call our office if you have questions.

Average Days to Approval

March 30, 2012

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
For amendments that do not modify research (e.g., adding new research staff)–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.

Please submit your protocol to 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.

April 2012 Submission Turn Around Data

Revised Consent Form Template

March 30, 2012

In collaboration with BU research investigators, the consent form templates have been revised. In addition to simplifying language, we have added wording suggestions to help investigators.

Please find the complete list of templates here: Consent Form Templates