Update to HRPP Manual 8-1, Exemptions

February 5, 2024

The HRPP Manual 8-1, Exemptions provides the requirements and processes when a study may qualify as exempt from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) regulations. Previously, research could not qualify for exemption if it involved interactions that, based on a determination by the IRB, are likely to have a significant adverse lasting impact on the subjects or likely that a reasonable person would find the interactions offensive. This requirement had been implemented several years ago. After consideration and review of this requirement, it has been determined that these criteria would be updated. Now, if participants are informed of the nature of the interaction, the study can qualify as exempt, so long as all other exemption criteria are met. However, if a researcher did not want to include language in the consent document about the nature of the interaction, the study may not qualify as exempt and would undergo an expedited or full board review. When a new IRB submission is received, the research team will be notified if this impacts their research and the IRB staff and when appropriate, IRB member, will work with the research team on the specifics of their project. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact irb@msu.edu.