NIH Updates Human Subject Research Decision Tool

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced updates to its human subjects research decision tool to reflect changes effective in the 2018 Revised Common Rule. The tool consists of answering a few questions to determine if proposed research could be considered human subjects research or if it may be exempt from federal regulations.

This tool is only for use in the research planning phase of an NIH grant submission. According to University of Florida policy, regardless of what this tool determines (i.e., even if the tool determines that for NIH purposes the research is non-human or exempt), all research involving humans, human tissue, or human data must be submitted to a UF IRB for approval before engaging in the research.

If you have any questions please contact the IRB via e-mail or at (352) 273-9600.