IPA IRB reviews protocols (Original Applications, Renewals, Amendments, and Exemptions) on rolling basis. For all minimal risk protocols, please allow a minimum of ten business days for an initial review of materials submitted. If all materials are complete at the time of submission, a decision letter can be processed as early as ten business days. However, IPA IRB often requests clarification on submitted materials and study design. Thus, please allow for additional time (we recommended submitting one month in advance of your scheduled project activities at a minimum).

For non-minimal risk protocols that need full board review, each project should allow for 60 days to process. All materials associated with a non-minimal risk protocol must be received no later than ten business days prior to the IRB meeting date to be included for review in that month's meeting. This applies to original applications, amendments and renewal for projects with non-minimal risk protocols. If materials are received less than ten business days prior to the next IPA IRB meeting, it will be placed for review in the following month. For questions, please email humansubjects@poverty-action.org.

The deadlines below are only relevant for those protocols which do not meet the criteria for expedited review. Please note these dates are subject to change.

Deadline for submission of materials
for IPA IRB full review 
(non-minimal risk studies)
COB = Close of Business
IPA IRB Meeting Dates
Wednesday, January 16 COB Thursday, January 31
Wednesday, February 13 COB Thursday, February 28
Wednesday, March 13 COB Thursday, March 28
Wednesday, April 10 COB Thursday, April 25
Wednesday, May 15 COB Thursday, May 30
Wednesday, June 12 COB Thursday, June 27
Wednesday, July 17 COB Wednesday, July 31
Wednesday, August 14 COB Thursday, August 29
Wednesday, September 11 COB Thursday, September 26
Wednesday, October 16 COB Thursday, October 31
Wednesday, November 6 COB Thursday, November 21
Wednesday, December 4 COB Thursday, December 19