Review Process Decision Tree: Question 1

Q1: Does your proposed activity involve the use of "Human Subjects"?

1. Will you collect or utilize data:

  1. Physically gathered from a person?
  2. By manipulating a person or their environment?
  3. By communicating with a person (e.g., via verbal or written survey/interview)?

2. Will you collect or utilize privately identifiable information (i.e, the identity of the subject can be readily obtained by the investigator or from the information) from/about a person?

Examples include:

  • Medical records/tests (including previously archived test data),
  • Information about behavior that occurs in a context in which an individual can reasonably expect that no observation or recording is taking place,
  • Any information provided by an individual which was/is reasonably expected to not be made public.

3. Is there an intervention or interaction with a living person that would not be occurring, or would be occurring in some other fashion, but for your activity?

If you answered "No" to every question:

Your activity does not need IRB approval. You need not contact the IRB.

If you answered "Yes" to any question:

Your activity requires action by the IRB. Proceed to Question 2.

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