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 California State University, Fullerton

Review Process Description

Once your application is received by the CSUF IRB it will be determined as to which federal category applies for review. If your application is incomplete or additional information or revisions are needed in order to continue the review process, you will be contacted at the email address supplied on your application. If you are a student, we may also copy your faculty advisor as a courtesy on correspondence

If your application is determined to fall within the Exempt or Expedited categories, you can expect to receive your approval notice and stamped/approved consent forms, if applicable, within 1-3 weeks. If the CSUF IRB has requested that you supply additional information or revisions in order to approve your application, this process can take longer until such time that we receive the revisions or supplemental information from you. If the CSUF IRB does not receive a response or the requested information within a timely manner, you may be notified that your file has been closed and a new application will be required for resubmission.

If your application is determined to require Full Committee review it will be placed on the agenda for the next CSUF IRB meeting which correspondences with the submission deadlines as listed at:

A primary reviewer will be assigned to review your application, and you will be contacted by this reviewer prior to the meeting if additional information or concerns apply. Your attendance is not required at the CSUF IRB meeting unless requested to do so by your primary reviewer. After the CSUF IRB has reviewed and voted on your application, you will be notified by email of the vote. If additional revisions or information is requested you should submit them to the CSUF IRB within a timely manner. If the CSUF IRB has voted to table discussion of your application pending receipt of additional information or revisions, your application will be placed on the agenda for the next meeting.

This information is subject to change. If you have questions or require additional assistance regarding the CSUF IRB, please contact us at