Human Research Protections Program
IRB Continuing Protocol Application (CPA)
Welcome to the Continuing Protocol Application (CPA) Module!
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Drafts will be deleted after 120 days if they are not submitted. Deleted drafts cannot be recovered.
Expedited* and Exempt IRB protocols must submit a short version of the CPA every three (3) years. Investigators should plan ahead and submit 60 days prior to the 3rd year anniversary of the initial study approval.
*Please note that Expedited IRB protocols that meet the following criteria must submit the long version of the CPA annually (not more than 365 days):
Full Committee IRB protocols must submit a CPA at least annually (not more than 365 days). Investigators should plan ahead to meet required continuing review dates. For full committee review protocols, please submit 90 days prior to the expiration date to guard against a lapse in IRB approval.
Seven-Year De Novo Review for Full Committee IRB Protocols: Any Full Committee protocol in its 6th year of IRB approval requires Seven-Year De Novo Review where in addition to completing this CPA application, submission of updated protocol documentation is needed. Instructions for submitting for De Novo Review are available online.
What happens if there is a lapse in IRB approval?
If the IRB has not approved a research study prior to the expiration date, all research activities must stop+. This includes:
+Exception: Research-related interventions or interactions with enrolled subjects may continue if the IRB determines that stopping the research would jeopardize the rights or welfare of current subjects. A request for such an exception must be submitted in the writing to the IRB by the Lead Researcher. The IRB will decide which subjects should continue receiving the intervention during the lapse in approval.
Create, review and/or submit an electronic Continuing Protocol Application