Common Questions

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Common Questions & Definitions


The following topics represent the most common questions the IRB receives about human subjects research and protocol submissions. If you have a question not covered here or elsewhere on our website, please contact the IRB at or 206-296-2585.

If you have a suggestion for adding any question(s) not addressed here, we'd appreciate your input.



Further terms & concepts used in human subjects research.