Exempt Self Assessment Tool Instructions

Use this tool to self-assess whether your project may qualify or continues to qualify (if amending) for exemption. The tool will also help you determine what application materials you must submit for review.

Verification of exemption from RCS is required. You may not begin human subject research activities until you receive documentation of an exempt determination from RCS.

Some categories of human subject research qualify for exemption from the federal regulations. These studies either do not require additional oversight by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or require limited IRB oversight. This determination must be made by Research Compliance Services (RCS).

If after using the Exempt Self Assessment Tool it appears that your study does not qualify for exemption, proceed with filling out initial review application.

If you are unsure if you study involves human subject research, use the Human Subject Research Determination Worksheet before proceeding with an exemption assessment.

Exempt Self-Assessment Tool