Continuing Review Changes

time for review

For new studies approved on or after ​January 21, 2019, Continuing Review will no longer be required for most minimal risk studies.

For information on Continuing Review for existing and ongoing studies approved prior to ​January 21, 2019 (pre-2018 Common Rule), please see our page dedicated to Existing and Ongoing Studies.

Determining Continuing Review under the Revised Rule

Exempt or Limited Review: For new studies determined to qualify for exempt or limited IRB review under the revised Common Rule, continuing review requirements do not apply. 

Expedited Review: For new studies determined to qualify for expedited review under revised Common Rule, the regulations now stipulate that Continuing Review is not required unless justified by the IRB. Therefore, most expedited studies will not require continuing review. Justifications for continuing review might include the following:

  • The project is regulated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or by another sponsor that requires continuing review.
  • The project involves additional regulatory oversight.
  • Study procedures or risks indicate greater oversight is necessary.
  • Other research specific considerations apply.

In addition, the IRB may change its determination regarding Continuing Review for an individual study based on new information it receives via an amendment, event report, or new findings related to the study procedures and/or population.

Full Review: For new studies determined to qualify for full review, Continuing Review requirements continue to apply (annually at minimum) unless the study status has progressed to data analysis only or acquisition of long-term follow-up data collected as part of routine care.

Project Approval Periods

At the time of initial review, new studies reviewed and requirements for continuing review will be determined. For studies that require Continuing Review, IRB approval will be issued based on the frequency determined appropriate by the IRB but will be no greater than one year.

For studies under the Revised Common Rule that do not require Continuing Review, a project approval period will be issued with an expiration date based on the researcher’s stated anticipated end date for working with human subjects. We will solicit the projected project start and end dates on the initial review form. This date may be extended if necessary by submitting a Progress Report and providing a revised anticipated end date.

At least 45-days in advance of the protocol expiration, a Continuing Review Application or Progress Report Application will need to be submitted to RCS. For studies that do not require Continuing Review, the Progress Report will be used to request a revised project end date. All researchers are required to submit a Study Closure Application when the study is closed.

Reminder of Principal Investigator Responsibilities and Study Closure

Even when continuing review is not required for a project, the Principal Investigator must adhere to the ethical principles of the responsible conduct of research. This includes but is not limited to:

In the absence of the continuing review process for qualified expedited studies, UO will implement an automated annual email reminding the principal investigator of these responsibilities.