Register IRBs & Obtain FWAs
OHRP provides instructions for registering institutional review boards (IRB) and obtaining Federalwide Assurances (FWA) through the links on this page.
An institution must have an FWA in order to receive HHS support for research involving human subjects. Each FWA must designate at least one IRB registered with OHRP. Before obtaining an FWA, an institution must either register its own IRB (an “internal” IRB) or designate an already registered IRB operated by another organization.
Content last reviewed on February 19, 2016