Review Process Decision Tree: Question 4

Q4: Since your research does not qualify for an exemption, should you apply to the IRB for an "Expedited Review"?

Minimal risk means that the probability and magnitude of harm or discomfort anticipated in the research are not greater in and of themselves than those ordinarily encountered in daily life or during the performance of routine physical or psychological examinations or tests.

Example activities likely to be considered "minimal risk":

  • Written or verbal surveys on non-controversial topics or on topics not likely to evoke strong emotion.
  • Non-invasive physiologic recordings (e.g., ECG, EEG).

Example activities likely not to be considered "minimal risk":

  • Written or verbal surveys on controversial topics or on topics likely to evoke strong emotion (e.g., incidents of assault, sexually transmitted diseases).
  • Invasive physiologic recordings.

Is your activity of "minimal risk" to all human subjects involved?

If you answered "Yes":

Submit a completed WPI IRB Application Form to apply for an IRB Expedited Review. Check the box for Expedited Review on the first page of the application.

If you answered "No":

Submit a completed WPI IRB Application Form to apply for an IRB Full Review. Check the box for Full Review on the first page of the application.

 

 
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