The IRB meets monthly to review proposals received during the previous month.

** The IRB does not meet in the month of August.**

Due to scheduling conflicts, the IRB will meet in late January to approve proposals submitted in December.
Approval process may be delayed. Please plan accordingly.

Federal regulations require an IRB to have at least five members from varying backgrounds. The Bellevue College IRB has a multi-member roster that meets once a month to review proposals submitted during the previous month. Their knowledge of federal guidelines and regulations combined with their diversity of experience, education, and expertise ensure the rights and well-being of subjects in research projects will be protected.

The proposal submission deadline is the last business day of the month. This deadline allows for IRB staff to review each proposal for completion. If the submitted proposal is incomplete, the proposal may be pushed to the following month’s agenda. Prior to the IRB meeting, designated reviewers spend time analyzing the proposals in their entirety to maximize efficiency during the convened meeting.

Records of the IRB meetings are kept according to regulations set in CFR 45 Part 46.