IRB: Reporting an Unanticipated Problem

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Reporting an Unanticipated Problem via IRBNet:

  1. Log in to
  2. Locate the project associated with the report you wish to submit. All previous IRBNet submissions can be viewed under "My Projects". Click the project title to enter the project. If you know the IRBNet ID for the project, you may also search using this ID number.
  3. Reports are submitted by creating a new "package" within the existing IRBNet project. To create the anticipated problem package, click "Create a New Package". Select "Unanticipated Problem (UP)" as the submission type.
  4. Click "Designer" to access the Unanticipated Problem form. Click "Download" to save this form to your local computer. (Note: this form and other materials can also be found under the "Forms and Templates" menu option.)
  5. Once you have completed the amendment form in full, click "Attach New Document" to upload the completed Unanticipated Problem form as part of your submission package. Repeat to add all necessary supplemental documents.
  6. Click "Sign this Package" to indicate that all necessary application materials have been uploaded to the IRBNet package. You will be asked to indicate your role at this time. Only faculty eligible to serve as Principal Investigator should select the "Principal Investigator" role. All students and other personnel should choose a different role from the list. All personnel whom you have shared the package with must also log in to IRBNet and sign the amendment package.
  7. Once ALL research team members have individually signed the package in IRBNet, click "Submit this Package". Be sure to select "Lehigh University IRB" as the reviewing board. Once the package has been submitted, the Research Integrity office will conduct a pre-review of your submission and notify you if any changes or additional information is necessary prior to IRB review.

Tutorial: Submitting Subsequent Packages and other Advanced Topics - update and revise project documents for resubmission; submit subsequent packages such as responses, amendment, or continuing reviews; review and manage messages, alerts, and reminders.
Tutorial: Additional Information on Submitting Subsequent Packages