IRB Updates: Additional Exemption Categories for Non-Federally Supported Research

In September 2013, the IRB released Exemption Category 7 as a non-federal exemption category.  As of February 3, 2014, the IRB is introducing Exemption Categories 8-11 as additional non-federal categories. These five categories were created based upon commonly accepted, minimal risk research practices
All five non-federal exemption categories are available on the IRB website at:

In order to qualify as “non-federally supported or otherwise federally regulated,” a study must meet the following criteria:

  1. Research is not subject to FDA regulations;
  2. Research is not federally funded;
  3. Research is not contractually or otherwise subject to federal research requirements, including but not limited to research conducted under the Department of Veterans Affairs or under an NIH Certificate of Confidentiality;
  4. Research does not involve prisoners as participants;
  5. Research meets the University’s ethical standards governing the conduct of the research, including appropriate provisions for the protection of privacy and confidentiality when identifiable and coded information are used.

As a reminder:

  • Exempt research requires a full IRB application in ERICA.  The IRB must make the exemption determination.  
  • Exempt research does not require continuing review in ERICA.  
  • Exempt research requires the submission of substantive amendments in ERICA.
  • Exempt research requires the submission of possible unanticipated problems and possible serious/continuing non-compliance in ERICA.  
  • Exempt research must be closed when complete.  


Additional Information: Memo for Background and Justification of Exemption Policy Change

  • Forms for Conducting Research at the VA

    Researchers conducting procedures at the Salt Lake City VA need to be aware of the additional administrative forms that may be required in addition to the IRB application.

  • Use of External Research Nurses

    The IRB has received several requests to allow the use of external research nurses who have contracted with a study sponsor to conduct research procedures with participants in their homes.

  • IRB Staff Changes

    We are pleased to welcome a new Coordinator to the IRB.

  • IRB Staff Changes

    Yan "Kiki" Wai, IRB Coordinator for Panel 2, has left the IRB. We are pleased to announce that Chantyl Staheli has been selected as the new IRB Coordinator for Panel 2.

  • Additional Exemption Categories

    The IRB is introducing Exemption Categories 8-11 as additional non-federal categories.