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Exempt Category 3: Benign Behavioral Interventions

Investigators in the social sciences often conduct research in which they collect behavioral data from adult participants through verbal or written responses. When these experiments are minimal-risk and non-invasive, they may qualify for a NEW exemption from the federal regulations if they meet the specific requirements of exempt category 3, benign behavioral interventions.


The detailed description of these exemption requirements can be found in the 2018 Code of Federal Regulations at 45CFR46.104(d)(3). This category isn’t very straightforward, so researchers may have questions …

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Can my human subjects research plan be defined as a 
benign behavioral intervention 
and be classified under
exemption category 3?”

In order to help you determine whether your proposed human research project might qualify for this brand new exemption, we’ve created the …

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This Decision Tool is a Qualtrics survey that will lead through 10 questions about your proposed research that will help you determine whether your project will qualify for exempt category 3. Please see the IRB Administrator if you have any questions about your behavioral research.