Exempt IRB Review

The 2018 Common Rule revised the Exempt Research classifications.  With these changes, the Georgia Tech IRB has revised the way in which researchers are to apply for Exempt Review (Georgia Tech IRB review is still required for all Exempt Research Determinations). When applying for Exempt Review, you are only required to provide specific information, in which the entire submission does not need to be completed (details provided below).  To see if your study qualifies for Exempt Review, please use our Submission Decision Tree tool .  An Example of this type of submission can be found on our Submission Examples and Guidance page.

Please note that what is required is subject to change depending on the specifics of your study.  Additionally, all other requirements that may apply to your study (e.g., required training, certified translation of documents, PI eligibility, etc.) still apply to your Exempt research.

Sections in IRB Wise to be Completed for Exempt Research

  1. Section I. General Information

    • Please be sure to complete all of the questions in this section and fully describe what you are doing in your study in response to question C of this section.  Additionally, you will need to complete the Exempt Research sub-section (question E), as this section asks specific questions in regards to your research.

  2. Section II. Research Design and Methodology

    • If your study is funded, then you will need to answer question N of this section and add the funding source. The rest of this section can be skipped.

  3. Section III. Subject Information, Consent and Types of Studies

    • If you are obtaining identifiable human specimen for your research, you will need to answer question E of this section.  The rest of this section can be skipped.

  4. Section IV. Studies involving Department of Defense, Radiation, or Nanotechnology

    • This is a required section and must be completed.

  5. Section V. Key Words that Describe this Protocol

    • Please select the Key Words that reflect your study.

  6. Section VI. Attach Documents

    • All study documents must be uploaded to your submission.  This includes consent forms, recruitment materials, surveys, interview guides, funding documents, etc.

  7. Conflict of Interest

    • This is a required section and must be completed.