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Available: Substantially Revised Form for Exempt Research

Feb 25, 2011 at 1:22pm

A substantially revised form with new guidance for exempt research determinations titled: "Initial IRB Application: Exempt Status Request" is now available. These replace the old "Certificate of Exemption" form and instructions.

HSD will no longer refer to the status of Exemption in the form of a "certificate." Upon determination by HSD that proposed research activities qualify for exempt status, a letter will be sent to the Lead Researcher/Principal Investigator with a determination of Exempt Status.

Department Chairs, or designees, will be required to sign the Initial IRB Application: Exempt Status Request, as is consistent with all initial IRB applications, before the completed form is sent to the Human Subjects Division. The date of exempt status is the date on which HSD staff make the determination that the research qualifies as exempt, which will be designated in the letter to the Lead Researcher/Principal Investigator.

The deployment of a revised Initial IRB Application: Exempt Status Request will be a 3-step process:

Step 1 - Friday, 2/25/2011 - the Initial IRB Application: Exempt Status Request will be available as a Word document with accompanying guidance.

Step 2 - Friday, 3/25/2011 - a PDF version of the revised form will be made available for beta-testing of this format, which incorporates the guidance into the document.

Step 3 - Friday, 4/29/2011 (target date) - a finalized PDF form, with incorporated guidance, will be made available.

This revised form in Word format is available on the HSD website:


and should be used in direct conjunction with the guidance:


As of April 1, 2011, HSD will no longer accept the old "Certificate of Exemption" form.

Please direct any questions about the form to hsdforms@uw.edu.

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