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Decision Tool: Am I Doing Human Subjects Research?

The Office of Extramural Research (OER) has developed a quick decision tool that should assist you with determining if your research involves human subjects, may be considered exempt from Federal regulations, or is not considered human subjects research. This tool should not be used as the sole determination of exemption.

Note: Please keep in mind that this tool uses the pre-2018 requirements, so stay tuned for the upcoming changes with the final revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the Common Rule). For more information, please visit OHRP’s page  Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer .

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