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Activities that require Harvard Longwood Campus (HLC) IRB review

The IRB is required to review studies that meet the regulatory definition of human subjects research. Research involving the following will likely require IRB review before the project can begin:

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What are common examples of projects that are not research?

  • A project with a narrow scope that does not contribute to generalizable knowledge.
  • Quality improvement
  • Program evaluation
  • Case studies
  • Journalism

The intent to publish or present the findings of a study does not automatically require HLC IRB review for that study. The project must meet the definition of research, as stated above.