Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects that have been recruited to participate in research activities conducted at University of Western States.

The IRB is responsible for reviewing all research, funded or not, involving human subjects prior to initiation. In accordance with federal, state, and institutional policy, the IRB has the authority to approve, disapprove, monitor and require modifications in all research activities. This group review serves an important role in the protection of the rights and welfare of human research subjects.

The purpose of IRB review is to assure that appropriate steps are taken to protect the rights and welfare of humans participating in as subjects in research. To accomplish this purpose, IRBs can use a group process to review research protocols and related materials (e.g., informed consent documents and investigator brochures) to ensure protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects of research.

UWS abides by the Code of Federal Regulations (45 CFR 46). UWS holds a Federal Wide Assurance (FWA00000851) with the Department of Health and Human Services. The UWS IRB applies the ethical principles of the Common Rule.

How to submit to the IRB

  1. Review and submit appropriate forms (located under ‘Institutional Review Board’ header).
  2. For questions, please contact the IRB administrator at [email protected].

IRB Policies

Click here to review IRB policies (located under the ‘Research’ header).

What is the Common Rule?