Institutional Review Board Records


Do not follow the records retention schedule to destroy records that are currently part of–or you are aware that they are going to be part of–any legal action or proceeding, litigation, audit, investigation, or review. For more information, see the Subpoenas for University Records Policy.

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This series documents the Institutional Review Boards’ review and approval of human subject research. Records include but are not limited to: research proposals submitted to the IRB, documentation of IRB reviews, IRB approval letters, and related correspondence with Principal Investigators and other researchers.

Institutional Review Board Records info
Record HolderRetention PeriodDisposition
Official Copy Health Sciences IRB or Social, Behavioral and Educational Research IRB

Close of study plus 3 years

Confidential destruction

Unofficial Copy N/A




Beginning 2020-01-02, IRB files are managed electronically in eIRB

45 CFR § 46.115(b);21 CFR § 56.115(b); MGL c. 260 § 2A
Office of the Vice Provost for Research, University Counsel, and Tufts Archival Research Center
Effective Date