Section A Exempt from Further Detailed Review

(see Federal Law 45 CFR 46.101 b at website below)


  • 1. Indicate on the proposal cover sheet by number into which of the six exempt categories listed in 45 CFR 46.101(b) you believe this research best falls (Click Regulations at (see criteria below)
  • 2. Attach a succinct description of the proposed research (you can use the form by downloading it from "Attachments" below). Be sure to include the following:
    • a. Who are the participants and how will you recruit them?
    • b. What will the participants do or how will you interact with the participants?
    • c. What steps will you take to assure that participation is voluntary?
    • d. How will debriefing be handled?
    • e. Attach copies of questionnaires or other materials that will be used (such as interview questions or topics, experimental stimuli or other instruments).

3. Save the entire document as a PDF and Email an ELECTRONIC COPY of the proposal to the chair of the IRB.

4. Once a description of your proposed research has been filed with the IRB and approved by the chair, your project will be approved for one year. After one year, you must fill out a summary of your project or fill out a continuation form and submit this to the IRB.

Criteria for Exemption from Full Review


SUBPART A Basic HHS Policy for Protection of Human Research Subjects Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 42 U.S.C. 289; 42 U.S.C. 300v-1(b). Source: 56 FR 28012, 28022, June 18, 1991, unless otherwise noted. §46.101 To what does this policy apply? …

  • (b) Unless otherwise required by department or agency heads, research activities in which the only involvement of human subjects will be in one or more of the following categories are exempt from this policy:
  • (1) Research conducted in established or commonly accepted educational settings, involving normal educational practices, such as (i) research on regular and special education instructional strategies, or (ii) research on the effectiveness of or the comparison among instructional techniques, curricula, or classroom management methods.
  • (2) Research involving the use of educational tests (cognitive, diagnostic, aptitude, achievement), survey procedures, interview procedures or observation of public behavior, unless: (i) information obtained is recorded in such manner that human subjects can be identified, directly or through identifiers linked to the subjects; and (ii) any disclosure of the human subjects’ responses outside the research could reasonably place the subjects at risk of criminal or civil liability or be damaging to the subjects’ financial standing, employability, or reputation.
  • (3) Research involving the use of educational tests (cognitive, diagnostic, aptitude, achievement), survey procedures, interview procedures, or observation of public behavior that is not exempt under paragraph (b)(2) of this section, if:
    • (i) the human subjects are elected or appointed public officials or candidates for public office; or (ii) federal statute(s) require( s) without exception that the confidentiality of the personally identifiable information will be maintained throughout the research and thereafter.
  • (4) Research involving the collection or study of existing data, documents, records, pathological specimens, or diagnostic specimens, if these sources are publicly available or if the information is recorded by the investigator in such a manner that subjects cannot be identified, directly or through identifiers linked to the subjects.
  • (5) Research and demonstration projects which are conducted by or subject to the approval of department or agency heads, and which are designed to study, evaluate, or otherwise examine:(i) Public benefit or service programs; (ii) procedures for obtaining benefits or services under those programs; (iii) possible changes in or alternatives to those programs or procedures; or (iv) possible changes in methods or levels of payment for benefits or services under those programs.
  • (6) Taste and food quality evaluation and consumer acceptance studies, (i) if wholesome foods without additives are consumed or (ii) if a food is consumed that contains a food ingredient at or below the level and for a use found to be safe, or agricultural chemical or environmental contaminant at or below the level found to be safe, by the Food and Drug Administration or approved by the Environmental Protection Agency or the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.