The UW-Madison IRBs review all human subject research protocols in accordance with applicable federal regulations. The pages below provide more information about these regulations.

Common Rule Changes

Visit this page for information about the 2018 changes to the “Common Rule,” the federal regulations governing human subjects research.

VA Research

Visit this page for information about human subjects research that falls under the purview of the Madison VA Hospital and requires review and approval by the Madison VA Research & Development Committee (VA R&D).


Visit this page for information for UW-Madison researchers conducting FDA regulated research.


Unless an exception applies, investigators who wish to use or disclose PHI for research purposes must first obtain authorization from each research subject. At UW-Madison, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) serves as a Privacy Board, reviewing and approving requests for waivers of authorization for uses and disclosures of PHI for research purposes. Visit this page to learn more about HIPAA as it applies to research.