Annual Continuing Review

Understanding the continuing reviews your protocol requires

All previously approved research and teaching protocols at IU require an annual review to assess any changes that have been made during the previous year. This review also verifies that all work has been conducted in accordance with the approved protocol. An Institutional Biosafety Committee continuing review must be submitted during the month in which your initial protocol was approved.

Please note that there has been a recent regulatory change regarding the review of VA IBC protocols (IBC protocols involving VA time, funding, or space). All VA protocols will now undergo a de novo review at the time of the 3rd annual continuing review. At that time, the full scope of your work will be taken into consideration by the IBC and revisions may be required of previously approved experiments. Exempt protocols will be reviewed by a Biosafety Officer and non-exempt protocols will be reviewed by the Full Committee. After the 3rd year de novo review, the protocol will be good for another 2 years. At the end of the 5th year, a new IBC protocol submission is required for ongoing work.

Continuing reviews for protocols approved on the current IBC protocol form should be made directly to your protocol form, in Section I-C-2.b – Annual Continuing Review.

If a change to your initial protocol has occurred during the previous year and an amendment is required, an amendment must accompany your continuing review.

The final approval of your continuing review is dependent on the completion of required training for all personnel listed on your protocol.

Annual continuing reviews should be submitted as a Word document, emailed to

Contact the Institutional Biosafety Committee

The Indiana University Institutional Biosafety Office provides support to all IU campuses and maintains a physical office in Bloomington. Contact the IBC Office at or 812-855-0656. You may also schedule an in-person meeting at a campus location convenient to you