Most surveys and questinnaire research, and most observational research falls into the expedited category.
In general, research may qualify for expedited review if it is judged to involve no more than minimal risk, does not include intentional deception, does not employ sensitive populations or topics, and includes appropriate informed consent procedures.
In studies qualifying for expedited review, the description of subjects’ performance should not be misleading or untruthful. However, there are times when full disclosure would jeopardize the procedure. For example, subjects might not be informed of the actual purpose of certain procedures. No more than such mild deception can be tolerated in an experiment or research study submitted for expedited review. Any more extensive use of deception will mean that the project must receive full HSC review.
Any research involving special populations (children, prisoners, mentally disabled) cannot receive expedited review.