What happens to research that is minimal risk but isn't on the list?
It depends. If the research is federally funded or subject to FDA oversight, then the IRB must review the research at a convened meeting. At the convened meeting, if the IRB can determine that the research is minimal risk, then it can assign it to Category 9. Category 9 means that the IRB can review all subsequent amendments and continuing IRB reviews using expedited procedures. The most common procedures that fit under this category are blood draws that are greater than 2 times per week, exposure to low levels of ionizing radiation and skin biopsy.