HHS Guidelines

Old Westbury's IRB complies with federal regulations and follows the guidelines developed by the US Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP).To understand better the criteria that the Old Westbury IRB uses to determine eligibility for:

  • Exemption from IRB Review (you can obtain a "Certificate of Exemption" if your activity is exempt from IRB review, under OHRP rules)
  • Expedited IRB Review (your application can be reviewed by as few as one member of the Old Westbury IRB, usually much sooner than the full IRB can convene)
  • Full IRB Review (OHRP rules require full IRB review for certain activities)

Please examine these extremely useful decision flow-charts, developed by OHRP: Decision flow chart