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ODH IRB Expedited Review

IRB Expedited Review is the process in which a protocol can be reviewed and approved by the IRB Chair instead of going to the full board for approval.  It only occurs in the rare circumstance a protocol meets all the State and Federal qualifications for such review.  Even then, some exclusions may apply.  The final decision of whether a protocol qualifies for expedited review lies with the ODH IRB Chair.

Please note: Applying for expedited review will not speed up the review process if you do not meet the qualifications.


  1. The research doesn’t involve more than "minimal risk". "Minimal risk" means that “the probability and magnitude of harm or discomfort anticipated in the research are not greater in and of themselves than those ordinarily encountered in daily life or during the performance of routine physical or psychological examinations or tests” (45 CFR 46.102(i) and 21 CFR 56.102(i)).


  2. The research subjects do not come from any of the following protected classes (minors, adolescents, fetuses, wards of the state, prisoners, individuals with impaired decision-making capacity, or economically or educationally disadvantaged persons).


  3. The research falls under one of the expedited review categories listed on the ODH IRB Expedited Review Form.


All Expedited Review applications must contain the following:

  1. IRB Application Form - use with all applications

  2. The applicable Confidentiality Form for all researchers handling identifiable data

    1. ODH Confidentiality Form – For data from ODH Programs (except OCISS) or other State Agencies

    2. OCISS Confidentiality Form – For data from the Ohio Cancer Information Surveillance System (OCISS)

    3. Generic Confidentiality Form – For data collected from other sources

  3. IRB Curriculum Vitae Form - must be completed for all research staff who will be handling data (a biographical sketch or CV of six pages or less may be substituted for this document)

  4. Consent Form Checklist – for all research working directly with subjects

  5. Research Protocol (Study Proposal)

  6. IRB Expedited Request Form

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Page Updated: 2/21/2018