Institutional Review Board (IRB) Meeting Dates

*This schedule applies only to studies requiring FULL COMMITTEE review.  Studies at the expedited and exemption level are reviewed as they are received.

For more information, please read about Types of Review or visit our Frequently Asked Questions area.

Penn State has two IRBs (IRB #1 and IRB #2), and each is comprised of members who are able to review either biomedical or social science research studies. IRB subcommittee members are assigned according to the expertise needed for the submitted study.  IRB #1 meets at 11:30 AM on the second Tuesday of the month. IRB #2 typically meets at 11:30 AM on the fourth Thursday of the month (holidays/Spring break may affect meeting dates some months).

Studies requiring full committee review will be assigned to the next available IRB meeting date as soon as the submission is prescreened and determined to be complete for presentation to the full committee. This new policy is applicable to new studies requiring full committee review and to modifications requiring full committee review. For continuing reviews to studies requiring full committee review, a completed Continuing Progress Report must be received allowing enough time for renewed approval to be granted at an IRB meeting prior to the study's approval expiration date.

Investigators are strongly advised to contact the ORP prior to submitting a new study or modification request requiring full committee review so that an IRB analyst can assist with the submission process.

*Please note that the above does not apply to the IRBs at Penn State's College of Medicine at the Hershey Medical Center.

2017 IRB Schedule

In 2017, the ORP will be moving to one IRB.  

Meetings will call to order at 11:30 a.m. on the following dates: 

  • January 26
  • February 23
  • March 23
  • April 27
  • May 11
  • May 25
  • June 22
  • July 27
  • August 24
  • September 14
  • September 28
  • October 26
  • November 16
  • December 14
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the confidential nature of the information discussed, IRB meetings are not open to the public.  Arrangements can be made for individuals or groups to observe an IRB meeting under certain circumstances.  Meetings may be canceled if there is not a quorum or if there are no submissions to be reviewed by the IRB at the time that the agenda is created.