IRBNet Submission Process (IRB)

The use of human subjects in research requires that we assess risk to and protect the rights of research subjects.  As previously announced, applications to use human subjects in research has moved from paper IRB protocol submissions to electronic submission via IRBNet in order to streamline the submission, review, and approval processes.

As of Winter (2016) Quarter, ALL IRB protocols (including revisions and renewals) must be submitted electronically via IRBNet.

Read Me First

Please read the below Document in order to fully understand the IRBNet Process

IRBNet User’s Guide

IRBNet Notes - Training & Credentials

IRBNet Training

To access the IRBNet Training Resources you MUST use following credentials:

· Username: calstatela
· Password: training


Cal State LA Institutional Review Board requires all researchers, including all key personnel (any one in contact with participants or data) to complete an education and training program on the protection of human research subjects. This requirement can be fulfilled by completing the online training offered by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) in the ethical use of human participants in research. Certification of completion must be linked to each application for IRB review, any IRB application will not be processed until all personnel have completed CITI training. Certification is valid for three years.

IRB Online Training Certificate


When you have finished the training, visit IRBNet to register and create your IRBNet account. All researchers and researcher assistants on a project must have their own IRBnet account.  Thesis/project and dissertation chairs must also have an account so student researchers can add them as the PI. Department/Division/School Chairs/Directors and/or Deans must also have an account to approve protocols.

Intake Procedure

The IRB Staff is responsible for an initial intake review upon submission of all protocol documents to the Committee. The IRB Staff will not review incomplete applications, and will not continue to process the application until all intake requirements have been met. 

  • Request for Convened (Full) Committee (more than minimal risk) applications should be submitted to ORSCA at least 30 days prior to the IRB meeting (see the IRB Meeting Schedule).

  • Exempt and Expedited applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

  • IMPORTANT: Students planning to conduct research for a thesis or culminating project involving human subjects are highly recommended to submit their applications no later than week 4 of the semester prior to anticipated graduation. For example, a student intending to graduate during Spring Semester 2023 would submit the application by week 4 of Fall Semester 2022.


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