Federal regulations state that IRB approval may not be given for periods longer than 1 year. If a research project will last for more than one year, continuation review will be required.
To request a continuation review for a protocol, the researcher must complete a Continuation Form, and submit a new Protocol Approval Form (the signed cover sheet). Both of these forms are on the Forms and Templates page. Any revisions or amendments to the original protocol, as required by the research, should also be submitted.
Research projects must be renewed before the expiration date stated in the approval letter from the Institutional Review Board. Be sure to allow adequate time for review to take place. Typically, continuation review takes 1 week for exempt research, 3 weeks for expeditable research and 4-5 weeks for research which requires full review.