118 Non-Human Subjects Research determinations pertain to research that does not involve human subjects. It is a shorter review process that allows Rush University IRB administration to determine whether your research might not require IRB review.
Frequently asked questions
Non-human subjects research is research that does not involve obtaining information about living individuals.
You may submit a Form 118 to request a non-human subjects research determination if you are planning any of the following types of research:
- Research involving deceased individuals or their information.
- Course-related activities designated specifically for educational or teaching purposes, where data is collected from and about human subjects as part of a class but not intended for use outside the classroom.
- Case reports of an individual patients.
- Quality improvement (QI) and quality assurance (QA) research intended for internal use.
Rush considers human subject research to be any of the following:
- Prospective or retrospective research of investigational devices, drugs, products or materials involving one or more individuals.
- Research activities that collect data through intervention or interaction with individuals.
- Research activities that use private information that can be associated with individuals.
- Research activities that use biospecimens such as cells, blood, hair, urine, tissues or organs from individuals.
Complete this form via REDCap. If you’re a student or trainee, include your faculty sponsor’s name and contact information.
- Within roughly 3-5 business days, you will receive an official determination that your project does not require IRB review,
- You may also be notified your project is human subjects research and requires review via the Rush research portal.
- In some instances, IRB administration will request more information prior to determination.