Does my research need to be reviewed?
You may be planning a project that seems a lot like research to you, but determining when a project must be submitted to the IRB can be challenging.
Your research activities must meet both the definition of research and research with human subjects in order to fall under the oversight of the IRB. If you are unsure if your research activity requires IRB review, you can use this newly developed tool from NIH:
If you have further concerns and questions, you can submit a formal request via eProtocol for determination of human subjects.
Please feel free to contact the IRB Coordinators or Chair if you have any questions about the IRB and your human research endeavors.