All research activities involving humans as research participants must be reviewed and approved by an Ohio State Institutional Review Board (IRB), unless the Office of Responsible Research Practices (ORRP) determines that the research falls into one or more of the categories of exemption established by federal regulations.
Applying for IRB Exemption
Requests for exempt determinations are made using the Buck-IRB online system.
To ensure an effective review, a full description of the planned research (i.e., a research protocol or proposal) must be submitted. A research protocol provides information such as the study objectives, background, detailed plan for conducting the research, and discussion of how the research findings will be analyzed.
There is no required consent template for exempt research. However, specific elements of informed consent should be included in consent forms or scripts as applicable.
Only a faculty member may serve as a principal investigator for student research. Each investigator listed on the study will receive an e-mail notification that the project is incomplete/requires clarification, approved for exempt status, or disapproved. A detailed e-mail will be sent asking for clarifications or changes to incomplete submissions. Please allow three weeks to receive a determination of exempt status.
Exempt research is generally short term in nature. It usually is performed “as written,” i.e., the investigators do not plan to make changes in the research design, selection of subjects, informed consent process, or study instruments during the course of the research.
Investigators conducting research determined to be exempt are responsible for ensuring that the welfare of human subjects participating in research activities is protected and that the methods used and information provided to obtain participant consent are appropriate to the activity.
Investigators may not solicit subject participation or begin data collection until they have received written or electronic concurrence from ORRP that the research has been determined to be exempt.
For more information, see HRPP Policy Exempt Research.
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