UW Research

Policies, Procedures and Guidance

GUIDANCE Exempt Research


This guidance provides researchers and the Human Subjects Division (HSD) with information about how to determine whether a human subjects research project qualifies for exempt status.

Change Notes

Add description of exclusions and exempt categories; other minor updates throughout; transfer content from Word to webpage- 04.28.2022
Removed references to paper process – 05.27.2021
Minor addition of information about limited IRB review – 02.25.2021
Added instructions for transitioning an application approved under the Original Common Rule to the Revised Common Rule at the time of a modification – 01.03.2020
Removed all references to Confidentiality Agreements and to state law RCW 42.48 – 07.28.2019
Added “plans to decrease data security protections” as another example of when an Exempt application should be modified – 04.12.2019
Revised common rule, moved requirements to WORKSHEET: Exempt Determinations – 12.28.2018