UW Research

Policies, Procedures and Guidance

GUIDANCE Exempt Research


This document provides guidance about how to determine whether a human subjects research project qualifies for exempt status.

Change Notes

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