The Institutional Review Boards Office is home to two IRBs on campus. These IRBs review all human subject research protocols in accordance with applicable federal regulations, state laws, and local and university policies.

  • The Health Sciences IRB: Reviews research protocols involving medical interventions or procedures where medical expertise is required for evaluation.
  • The Minimal Risk Research IRB: Reviews research protocols that present minimal risk to subjects, including medical interventions or procedures requiring medical expertise or knowledge of the health care setting and human participants research occurring within the social and behavioral sciences.

Special Topics

Reliance & Navigation

The Reliance and Navigation Team (RELIANT) assists researchers with collaborative and multisite research issues and provides support to researchers in navigating institutional requirements.

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IRB QI/Program Evaluation Self-Certification Tool

This tool is designed to help determine whether the project constitutes research or whether it is quality improvement or program evaluation.

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Information for IRB Members

Resources to support IRB members in their reviews of research protocols.

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IRB Meeting Dates

Meeting dates for the Health Sciences and Minimal Risk Research IRB panels.

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Interested in Becoming an IRB Member?

We are looking for individuals interested in partnering with UW to protect the rights and welfare of our research participants by serving as an IRB member.

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News

Latest Toolkit Updates

February 20, 2024

The latest round of revisions went live at the beginning of this month, including changes to make the toolkit documents more accessible.

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Upcoming Course: Change of Protocol – IRB Submission and Review

January 19, 2024

This course will describe the IRB submission and review process for Changes of Protocol.

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Advarra Consent Language

January 19, 2024

The Advarra Participant Payments system launched in December 2023 and since that time, the IRB Office has updated its guidance on including language in the consent form.

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