Step 1: Start. Go to Step 2
Step 2: Does your institution want to obtain a Federalwide Assurance (FWA) so that it may receive federal support for research involving human subjects? If Yes, go to Step 3. If No, go to Step 7.
Step 3: Your FWA must use an institutional review board (IRB) that is registered with OHRP. Have you identified a registered IRB that will review proposed research for your institution? If Yes, go to Step 4. If No, go to Step 6.
Step 4: Have the IRB registration number ready for use in completing the FWA submission, and then: Go to Step 5
Step 5: Submit information for the FWA to OHRP at http://ohrp.cit.nih.gov/efile/FwaStart.aspx.
Step 6: Will your institution rely on a registered IRB operated by another organization? If Yes, go to Step 8. If no, go to Step 7
Step 7: Does your institution want to register an institutional review board (IRB)? If Yes, go to Step 10. If No, go to Step 9.
Step 8: Does your institution have an authorization agreement with the organization that operates the IRB? If Yes, go to Step 4. If No, go to Step 11.
Step 9: Stop! You do not need to use this system.
Step 10: Register your institution’s IRB at
and then either:
(1) Go to Step 4 and use the IRB registration number in obtaining your institution’s FWA, or
(2) Arrange to provide IRB review for another institution, by going to Step 11
Step 11: Establish an IRB Authorization Agreement with the IRB organization/IRB that will review proposed research for your institution, or with the institution that will rely on your organization's IRB for its FWA.
(A model agreement is available here)
Then the institution obtaining the FWA should: Go to Step 4.