Does my QA/PI project require IRB approval?

Quality Assurance and Research both involve a systematic approach in data collection and analysis. The main difference is in how the results will be used. Quality Assurance, also referred to as "quality improvement" refer to activities that use the results for the improvement of current practices or to determine best practice for implementation at the local level. This type of activity does not require IRB review. IRB approval is required for QA research that results in generalizable knowledge aimed at changing current common perceptions or adding new knowledge across a wider population other than for internal use only. Research related activities are reviewed by the IRB to assess the risk to participants.