Urgent review procedures may be invoked only under unusual circumstances. This does not include urgency that is a result of negligence or delay on the part of the investigator or his/her staff to submit human subjects research applications in a timely fashion.
On occasion, however, an investigator is faced with an immediate deadline beyond his or her control. If the chair permits urgent review of a protocol, the materials are distributed as soon as possible to IRB members to allow sufficient time for review prior to the meeting. The investigator may be required to attend the meeting to answer any questions that arise. If approved, the approval documentation is completed as per any other approval.