If categorized as exempt, human subject research still has to follow ethical research standards.
Risks to participants are minimized and reasonable in relation to anticipated benefits, if any.
Selection of participants is equitable.
The circumstances of consent minimize coercion and undue influence.
Provisions for protecting the privacy interests of participants are adequate for the level of risk.
If personally identifying data are recorded, the data management plan is appropriate for maintaining participant privacy and data confidentiality including the storage, transmission, use, archiving and final disposition of all data.