This page provides information about the different types of review that your protocol can undergo. If you are unsure whether your project qualifies as “research involving human subjects”, please visit the Does Your Project Require IRB Review page.
In order for research to be qualify as exempt, the project must fall into at least 1 of 6 federally-defined exempt categories and present no risk or no greater than minimal risk to the participants. Although this category is called exempt, this type of research does require prospective IRB review. Researchers must submit an exempt application in order for the HSC to assess whether the project qualifies as exempt research. Projects that are low risk may be considered exempt. Some examples of exempt research are:
In order for research to be eligible for expedited review, the activities must be considered no greater than minimal risk to the human subjects and fall into at least 1 of 9 federally-defined categories. Once a project is submitted for review, the HSC will assess the level of risk to the human subjects. Some examples of expedited research are:
Full Board Review
Studies that are determined to be greater than minimal risk and do not qualify for exempt or expedited review are reviewed at a convened meeting of the HSC by full board review. Some examples of research reviewed by full board are:
Please see the submission deadlines page for Exempt, Expedited and Full Board review dates.