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New SpartaIRB exempt template available for CWRU researchers

The Case Western Reserve University Institutional Review Board (IRB) has released a new exempt protocol template for initial submissions to the IRB on SpartaIRB.

This template can be used when:

The following categories of research are defined as exempt by regulation:

  • Research conducted in established or commonly accepted educational settings, involving normal educational practices.
  • Research involving the use of educational tests (cognitive, diagnostic, aptitude, achievement), survey procedures, interview procedures or observation of public behavior.
  • Research involving subjects who are elected or appointed public officials, or candidates for public office.
  • Research involving the collection or study of existing data, documents, records, pathological specimens, or diagnostic specimens, if the information is recorded in such a manner that the participants cannot be identified, directly or through identifiers linked to the participants.
  • Research and demonstration projects which are conducted by or subject to the approval of Federal Department or Agency heads.
  • Taste and food quality evaluation and consumer acceptance studies.

See further information on this regulation at

The new exempt protocol template can be downloaded at or Note that this template is not being accepted for University Hospitals IRB submissions.

With questions, contact Kim Volarcik at 216.368.0134 or