Through the FWA and the Terms of the FWA, an institution commits to HHS that it will comply with the requirements in the HHS Protection of Human Subjects regulations at 45 CFR part 46. The Federalwide Assurance (FWA) is the only type of assurance currently accepted and approved by OHRP.
Please note: The fact that the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) has approved an institution’s assurance does not mean that OHRP has determined that the institution is complying with the requirements of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Protection of Human Subjects regulations, 45 CFR part 46. It means that an institution has submitted all of the documentation OHRP requires to constitute a commitment by the institution to comply with the requirements of 45 CFR part 46 when its employees or agents engage in non-exempt human subjects research conducted or supported by HHS or other research covered by the assurance. The Federalwide Assurance is the only type of assurance accepted and approved by OHRP.