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Human Subjects Division (HSD)


New Policy & Procedure on Public Data Sets

Jan 28, 2008 at 9:26am
In response to requests from several UW research groups, the Human Subjects Division has examined the regulations and regulatory guidance about the research use of public data sets. A new Public Data Sets Policy describes the results of the analysis. It confirms that there are specific public data sets whose research use does not require review and approval by the UW Institutional Review Board (IRB), because the data sets do not involve 'human subjects' as defined by federal regulations. The associated Public Data Sets Procedure describes the procedure for nominating public data sets for addition to the list. It also describes the procedures for researchers to follow if they require documentation (for example, for funding agencies) that proposed public data set research activities do not require IRB approval or certification from exemption.