Human Research Review Section

Latest News 

  • Changes at the WSIRB: the Washington State IRB has a new Administrator, Megan Failla. Megan, an attorney with many years of IRB experience, joined the WSIRB in February. Maggie Frederick, who worked for the WSIRB for 20 years retired in June. She will be missed by many. Please continue to contact the WSIRB by e-mail:, or by phone: 360-902-8075 with your research questions.
  • Please notethere may be delays in receiving Department of Health vital records data due to a replacement of the state vital records database. For more information, contact Mariana Rosenthal at or 360-236-4366.
  • The WSIRB implemented charges for its review services of sponsored research, effective December 1, 2015; review will not be conducted unless review service fees are paid in full in advance. Fees do no apply to unsponsored research, and some research may be eligible for a waiver. To access review fee information, including the fee schedule, click on the WSIRB Fees and WSIRB Review Fee FAQs links on the left.
  • Federal regulations pertaining to the review, approval and oversight of research are in the process of major revisions. Proposed changes (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, or NPRM) and public comments may be accessed here or, and were open to public comment through January 6, 2016. The effective date of any changes would be one year after the final rule is published in the Federal Register, which publication would not be before January 2017. The impact of the proposed changes to HRRS operations and to activities subject to WSIRB review will be carefully evaluated but obviously cannot be established with certainty. Our bookmarked NPRM may be accessed here. As available, additional information may be posted on this website. To access federal updates about these proposed changes, visit

Washington State Institutional Review Board

Washington State IRB, March 2016 - Note: not all members are pictured


The WSIRB is a designated institutional review board (IRB) for a number of different Washington state agencies, including the Washington State Departments of Early Learning (DEL), Health (DOH), Social and Health Services (DSHS), Health Care Authority (HCA), Labor & Industries (L&I), and the Office of Financial Management (OFM). The WSIRB also serves as a designated IRB for other local & state agencies and research institutions. As an IRB serving the above entities, the WSIRB is responsible for providing the requisite regulatory review, approval and oversight of research that may involve these state agencies’ clients, beneficiaries, patients, wards and state agency employees or these individuals’ state agency personal records, in order to ensure the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects of research.

WSIRB members are drawn from among the agencies served as well as other institutions and entities. Our members provide the WSIRB with a breadth and depth of diverse but highly relevant scientific, disciplinary and professional background, perspective, expertise and experience. The appropriate discharge of its review and oversight responsibilities and the WSIRB’s diversity and expertise is required in accordance with both federal and state laws, and under the Federalwide Assurance (FWA) legal agreements that each of these agencies and institutions have entered into with the Office for Human Research Protections of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a condition of applying for and receiving federal support of their research. HRRS in the Department of Social and Health Services provides the regulatory required administrative, professional and technical support for the WSIRB, including serving as members of the WSIRB. Support for the WSIRB and HRRS is provided by other state agencies, which includes designating and appointing agency staff to serve as WSIRB members.

Megan Failla, J.D., IRB Administrator
Lilly Moneer, C.I.P., Review Coordinator
Josie Glenn, Compliance Specialist
Angee Stevenson, Office Assistant

Department of Social and Health Services
Human Research Review Section
1115 Washington Street SE,
P.O. Box 45205
Olympia, Washington 98504-5205

Telephone: 360.902.8075 
FAX: 360.902.0705