The CITI training for IRB researchers is meant to introduce researchers to the ideas and principles of ethical research involving human participants and the IRB process.
For information purposes, the typical length of reviews is listed below.
Exempt review (depends on proximity of submission to meeting date) Research that targets vulnerable subjects or involves more than minimal risk to participants must be reviewed by the full committee.
All human subjects research connected with members of the Smith College community (either as researchers or study participants) must be reviewed and approved by the IRB prior to the initiation of the project.
The Smith College IRB defines research as a systematic investigation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.
Step 1: Register as a user affiliated with Smith College.
All Investigators and key personnel who are engaged in research with living human beings, human tissue samples or identifiable private information, are required to take the CITI Training Program.You will fill out a basic proposal survey to set up the new IRB project record in your account, then you will be asked to answer supplemental questions to give the IRB enough information to complete the review process.Upon initial reading, regardless of the assigned review status, the board will often request additional information or suggest changes to your proposal, before it is formally reviewed.Examples of projects that do not fit the IRB’s definition of human subjects research: The following are the essential elements of the IRB process.Please read through and familiarize yourself with these elements before submitting a proposal; it will make the process quicker, easier and more coherent.You have the option to start the IRB review process in Mentor by taking the pre-proposal survey.This will help determine if your project is "not subject to IRB review", or if it requires an exempt, expedited, or full IRB review.The review status depends on the anticipated level of risk to participants and is determined by the IRB chair.Each type of review—exempt, expedited, and full—requires a different amount of time between proposal submission and final approval.Proposals approved under full review must be renewed annually.The Mentor IRB system will notify you when the IRB approval for your proposal is due for renewal.