Exempt Review

Who decides whether or not a project has "minimal risk"?

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At UNTHSC, risk to subject assessment is initially evaluated by OReC Executive Director and staff. Although the project's Principal Investigator may indicate that the project is a "minimal risk" activity, federal regulations and guidelines, as well as UNTHSC policy, specify that a third party make this determination: in our case, the OReC staff and Executive Director.

If the OReC Executive Director concurs that a project is "minimal risk", it is then assessed for a specific category of research, again, based on federal regulations. If this category meets the regulations for Exempt Review, a determination notice is sent by the OReC Executive Director to the Principal Investigator.

This page last updated 03rd Oct 2013