Text Version - Registering an IRB and Obtaining an FWA:
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 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.
Content last reviewed on March 18, 2016