Human Research Protection Program

Researcher Guidance – COVID-19 and IRB Review

These FAQs contain information about COVID-19 as it relates to the conduct of research and IRB review operations so faculty and staff can best manage their ongoing research and scholarship activities. Please refer back to this webpage frequently for evolving guidance. Updated June 3, 2021!

All new submissions after 6/1/2021 do not need to identify COVID-19 related risks or protections.

If you paused approved research during the pandemic and want to resume, no submission or notification to the IRB is required.

Follow current public health guidance, State and local ordinance and laws, and institutional policies where the research will take place.

Contact the reviewing IRB to determine if any action is required.