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Human Subjects Division (HSD)


Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB)

Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB) reviews industry-sponsored and industry-initiated research conducted by UW faculty. Industry-sponsored means the research is paid for by an industry organization which has contracted with UW faculty to conduct a study that involves an intervention with, or observation of, a disease or biomedical condition, or a registry/repository related to a disease or biomedical condition. Industry-initiated means the industry organization designs the study and owns the protocol.

The UW Human Subjects Division must screen your study prior to your submission to WIRB. To start the screening process, complete the REQUEST AUTHORIZATION: UW/WIRB and send it with required attachments to hsdinfo@uw.edu.

The UW Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) negotiates the contract or Clinical Trials Agreement (CTA)  and UW Clinical Research Budget & Billing (CRBB) negotiates the budget with the industry sponsor.  The CTA and budget must be final before HSD will sign off on a WIRB submission.  However, we strongly encourage you to submit your REQUEST AUTHORIZATION: UW/WIRB and required attachments to HSD during contract and budget negotiations.

Note that HSD can sign off on a WIRB submission if the UW has a Master Clinical Trial Agreement (MCTA) with the sponsor.  The UW OSP maintains a list of MCTAs on their website (see link at right).

The REQUEST AUTHORIZATION: UW/WIRB, Consent form templates, HIPAA Authorization Template, SOPs, fee schedules and additional information specific to WIRB are listed in the "Related Documents" section of this page.

Send submissions or contact the Clinical Trials Administrator with questions at hsdinfo@uw.edu.

Change Notes

  • Noted 09/08/2010 @ 02:19pm
    Keyword newly added.
    - sherrye