Rebuttal or Appeal of IRB Decisions

If the IRB decides to disapprove a research activity, it will include in its written notification a statement of the reasons for its decision, and give the investigator an opportunity to respond in person and/or in writing. 

Investigators may appeal an IRB decision. A principal investigator may appeal the decision by writing a letter to the IRB requesting reconsideration.  At the discretion of the chair, the investigator may make such an appeal in person and/or in writing to the IRB. 

An appeal of a disapproved research project must be reviewed at a full board meeting. 

In the case of a decision by the IRB to disapprove, suspend, or terminate a project, the decision may not be reversed by the Vice President for Research or any other officer or agency of the University of Virginia, state government or federal government. 

The IRB retains the final authority for approval of proposed research with human subjects.