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Policies, Procedures and Guidance

GUIDANCE Case Reports, IRB Review and HIPAA


This document provides guidance about regulatory requirements associated with presentation or publication of case reports. It may also be used by authors of case reports to document the University of Washington (UW) policies concerning IRB review and HIPAA authorization for case reports – for example, as documentation provided to a journal editor.

Change Notes

Remove statement that case reports don’t need IRB review with 3 or less patients; replace with note that case reports don’t need IRB review because they are not research – 03.02.2023
Updated reference to UW Medicine Compliance policy – 08.31.2018