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Procedures for Edmonds College faculty researchers

Detailed guidance for faculty researchers can be found in the Edmonds College IRB Procedures Handbook. We advise that faculty review the Handbook in full, and then follow the applicable procedures below.

Procedures for external researchers

Determine whether you are exempt or expedited, and fill out the appropriate forms below. Please read carefully. If the appropriate form is not filled out, it will be rejected (Form links at the bottom of each)

IRB Exemption Procedures:

Research activities in which the only involvement of human subjects will be in one or more of eight federally-defined categories, may be deemed exempt from meeting the requirements of the federal human subjects regulations.  Determine if your research project falls in a category that is exempt from IRB review by reading about exemption categories.

IRB Exemption Applications require the following:

  • CVs or biosketches of all key personnel
  • Human Subjects Training Certification for all key personnel
  • Complete responses to the Narrative Questions for Exemption Applications (download to complete)
  • Official IRB determination letters from all other involved institutions and research performance sites (if applicable)
  • These documents must be uploaded into the IRB Exemption Application  in order to submit the full application.

* If you are unsure if your research would qualify for an Exemption, please contact irb@edmonds.edu to discuss. A declined Exemption application will require the researcher to apply under Expedited or Full review.


IRB Expedited Application Procedures:

The IRB may follow an expedited review procedure for certain kinds of research involving no more than minimal risk, which means the probability and magnitude of harm or discomfort anticipated in the research are not greater than those ordinarily encountered in daily life or during the performance of routine physical or psychological examinations or tests.

Expedited review is applicable for research activities that involve no more than minimal risk to the human participants and that can be placed in one or more of defined nine categories.

The definition of minimal risk for the purpose of IRB application is the amount of risk encountered in daily life.

IRB Expedited Review Applications require the following:

These documents must be uploaded into the IRB Expedited Review Application  in order to submit the full application.


Full IRB Review Procedures

It is uncommon for the Edmonds College to receive applications that require Full Review. If you believe that your research does not qualify for Exemption or Expedited review please email irb@edmonds.edu for instructions.

Please note it can take up to 3 weeks for the IRB to process an Exemption or Expedited Review Application, and the IRB often requires responses to follow-up questions. In order to avoid delays we strongly advise that you submit your application six weeks prior to the anticipated start date of your project.