Research activities that:


 (1) Present no more than minimal risk to human subjects.

 (2) Must fit one or more of the categories on the following Expedited Review Categories List.

 (3) Minor changes in previously approved research during the period for which the approval is authorized


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 tests. 


Expedited Categories:

         Clinical studies of drugs and medical devices only under specific conditions

         Collection of blood samples by finger stick, heel stick, or venipuncture and does not exceed certain volume limitations

         Prospective collection of biological specimens obtained by non-invasive means (hair, nail clippings, routine dental extraction)

         Collection of data through non-invasive procedures routinely used in clinical practice, e.g., EKG, light exercise

         Materials collected that have been collected or will be collected solely for non-research purposes, e.g., medical treatment and diagnosis

         Collection of data from voice, video, etc., for research purposes

         Research employing surveys, etc.

         Continuing review under specific conditions, e.g., closed for enrollment