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Research that poses no risk to subjects may be eligible for human subjects clearance that is exempt from full review. Research falling into exempt categories is reviewed by an in-house committee at the School of Social Work. You will find a list of criteria for exemption at the Human Subject Division website at www.washington.edu/research/hsd/policy/.
If you believe your study matches one of the exempt criteria, complete a Certification of Exemption, which can be downloaded from http://www.washington.edu/research/hsd/hsdman3.html.
Submit your Certification of Exemption form and materials, including, if appropriate, a consent form, recruitment approach script, survey, list of interview questions, and letter of cooperation, to David Takeuchi for distribution to the in-house exemption committee. Members of the committee are Associate Dean for Research Ethics and Initiatives David Takeuchi, Professor Rosemary Ryan. Diane will contact you within a week of submission notifying you of in-house approval of the exemption, requesting more information or notifying you that a full or minimal risk review is needed.
If your study is approved for exemption, you will receive a copy of your Certification of Exemption form, signed by David Takeuchi, and a memo informing you that your exemption has been approved by the in-house committee. A copy of your approved Certification of Exemption is forwarded by the School to the University of Washington Human Subjects Division for administrative review. Within 7 working days of the date on the memo, you can expect to hear from the Human Subjects Division, usually by e-mail, that your study is exempt or that more information is needed. Note: You cannot collect data or obtain secondary data until your project has been approved by the Human Subjects Division!
The following is an example of a study that might be approved as exempt from full review:
The following is another example of a study that might be exempt from full review: