Category 5. Research and demonstration projects that are conducted or supported by a Federal department or agency, or otherwise
subject to the approval of department or agency heads, and that are designed to study, evaluate, improve, or otherwise examine public
benefit or service programs. Note: these must be posted on a Federal Web site.
Category 6. Taste and food quality evaluation and consumer acceptance studies
Describe how the proposed research meets the criteria for exemption. Reference the exemption category or categories
(above and on page 7) and the category’s corresponding requirements.
If you are requesting an Expedited review please check the categories for which you are applying. See category descriptions below. You may
check more than one box.
N/A if not Expedited review
Category 1. Clinical studies of drugs and medical devices only when condition (a) or (b) is met. a. Research on drugs for which an
investigational new drug application (21 CFR Part 312) is not required. (Note: Research on marketed drugs that significantly increases the
risks or decreases the acceptability of the risks associated with the use of the product is not eligible for expedited review.) b. Research on
medical devices for which (i) an investigational device exemption application (21 CFR Part 812) is not required; or (ii) the medical device is
cleared/approved for marketing and the medical device is being used in accordance with its cleared/approved labeling.
Category 2. Collection of blood samples by finger stick, heel stick, ear stick, or venipuncture as follows: a. from healthy, nonpregnant
adults who weigh at least 110 pounds. For these subjects, the amounts drawn may not exceed 550 ml in an 8 week period and collection
may not occur more frequently than 2 times per week; or b. from other adults and children2, considering the age, weight, and health of the
subjects, the collection procedure, the amount of blood to be collected, and the frequency with which it will be collected. For these
subjects, the amount drawn may not exceed the lesser of 50 ml or 3 ml per kg in an 8 week period and collection may not occur more
frequently than 2 times per week.
Category 3. Prospective collection of biological specimens for research purposes by noninvasive means. Examples: (a) hair and nail
clippings in a nondisfiguring manner; (b) deciduous teeth at time of exfoliation or if routine patient care indicates a need for extraction; (c)
permanent teeth if routine patient care indicates a need for extraction; (d) excreta and external secretions (including sweat); (e)
uncannulated saliva collected either in an unstimulated fashion or stimulated by chewing gumbase or wax or by applying a dilute citric
solution to the tongue; (f) placenta removed at delivery; (g) amniotic fluid obtained at the time of rupture of the membrane prior to or
during labor; (h) supra- and subgingival dental plaque and calculus, provided the collection procedure is not more invasive than routine
prophylactic scaling of the teeth and the process is accomplished in accordance with accepted prophylactic techniques; (i) mucosal and skin
cells collected by buccal scraping or swab, skin swab, or mouth washings; (j) sputum collected after saline mist nebulization.
Category 4. Collection of data through noninvasive procedures (not involving general anesthesia or sedation) routinely employed in
clinical practice, excluding procedures involving x-rays or microwaves. Where medical devices are employed, they must be
cleared/approved for marketing. (Studies intended to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the medical device are not generally eligible
for expedited review, including studies of cleared medical devices for new indications.) Examples: (a) physical sensors that are applied
either to the surface of the body or at a distance and do not involve input of significant amounts of energy into the subject or an invasion of
the subject’s privacy; (b) weighing or testing sensory acuity; (c) magnetic resonance imaging; (d) electrocardiography,
electroencephalography, thermography, detection of naturally occurring radioactivity, electroretinography, ultrasound, diagnostic infrared
imaging, doppler blood flow, and echocardiography; (e) moderate exercise, muscular strength testing, body composition assessment, and
flexibility testing where appropriate given the age, weight, and health of the individual.
Category 5. Research involving materials (data, documents, records, or specimens) that have been collected, or will be collected solely
for nonresearch purposes (such as medical treatment or diagnosis). (NOTE: Some research in this category may be exempt from the HHS
regulations for the protection of human subjects. 45 CFR 46.101(b)(4). This listing refers only to research that is not exempt.)
Category 6. Collection of data from voice, video, digital, or image recordings made for research purposes.
Category 7. Research on individual or group characteristics or behavior (including, but not limited to, research on perception, cognition,
motivation, identity, language, communication, cultural beliefs or practices, and social behavior) or research employing survey, interview,
oral history, focus group, program evaluation, human factors evaluation, or quality assurance methodologies. (NOTE: Some research in this
category may be exempt from the HHS regulations for the protection of human subjects. 45 CFR 46.101(b)(2) and (b)(3). This listing refers
only to research that is not exempt.)