Human Research Review Section

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  • 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) may be accessed here or, and are open to public comment through December 7, 2015. The effective date 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. As available, additional information may be posted on this website. To access federal updates about these proposed changes, click on the button below.

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  • The WSIRB will be implementing charges for its review services. Fees will be charged for sponsored research. Review will not be conducted unless charges are paid in full in advance. Additional information and a fee schedule will be posted on this website in the near future.
  • The WSIRB is migrating to a Web-based electronic protocol management system, CyberIRB®.  With CyberIRB® research staff will be able to submit and track their WSIRB submissions entirely online. Interface and review forms will employ business logic to reduce time completing forms. Continuation Approval Requests, Reports of Protocol Deviations, Unanticipated Problems and/or Adverse Events are now submitted via CyberIRB®. Study Amendment Requests will soon follow. All other submissions will be accepted by e-mail until further notice. 

Washington State Institutional Review Board

Washington State IRB, April 2014 - 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.

T. Howard Stone, J.D., LL.M., C.I.P., IRB Administrator
Maggie Frederick, M.P.H., C.I.P., Review Coordinator
Lilly Moneer, B.A., C.I.P., Review Coordinator
Linda Weaver, M.Ed., Systems Support

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