Most projects conducted for the purposes of quality assurance or quality improvement (QA/QI) do not require IRB review. However, QI/QA projects which meet the definition of "research" and involve "human subjects," as defined in the federal regulations, require IRB review and oversight.
To learn more, review Lifespan's Quality Improvement Activities documentation.
Is your project considered QI/QA or research? Review this worksheet to find out.