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Which form should you submit to the IRB: The "Exemption Application" request form or the “Protocol Approval Request" form (for non-exempt research)?
Step through this decision tree to find out!
Some types of research activities meet Cornell’s definition of human participant research (to determine if your project is human participant research,
), but do not require review and oversight by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). These types of research projects are known as “exempt” because they are exempt from the requirements of IRB review and approval. This tool will step through the decision-making process and criteria under which an exemption may be granted.
This is not an application form.
It is only a guide. Answers or data entered using this tool are not shared with the IRB and navigating this tool does not replace an application form.
You may not self-determine
that your research protocol qualifies for exemption from IRB review.
If, based on this decision tree, you believe that your project is eligible for exemption, you must submit a Request for Exemption form to the Office of Research Integrity and Assurance (ORIA). The IRB staff in ORIA will determine if the research project meets the eligibility requirements for exemption from IRB review.
Research activities may commence only after you receive a written notice of exemption from ORIA.
If the research activities are not eligible for exemption, your project must receive either expedited or full committee review by the IRB. The IRB staff will inform you of the outcome of their assessment.
If the information in this decision tree is not specific enough for your particular study, contact the IRB office for assistance.
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