Exempt Category 5

Exempt Category 5 - Research conducted or supported by government


Exempt category 5 involves research which are designed to study, evaluate, or otherwise examine either one of the following:

  • Public benefit or service programs
  • Procedures for obtaining benefits or services under these programs
  • Possible changes in or alternatives to these programs or procedures 
  • Possible changes in methods or levels of payment for benefits or services under these program

Exempt criteria:

  • The programme under study must deliver a public benefit such as financial/medical benefits, or service such as social, supportive or nutrition services.
  • The research or demonstration project must be conducted pursuant to specific government authority.
  • The project must not involve significant physical invasions or intrusions upon the privacy of participants.
  • The study methodology must fulfil the criteria of "less than minimal risk".


  • Studies initiated by PI through grants obtained via open or closed grant calls.