Human Research Review Section

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  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and 15 other federal departments and agencies have announced an Interim Final Rule (IFR) that delays by six months the effective date and general compliance date of the revisions to the “Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects” (also known as the Common Rule) originally published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017 (82 FR 7149).  Most provisions in the revised Common Rule were scheduled to go into effect on January 19, 2018.  

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), Corrections (DOC), 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
Gena Anderson, M.P.H., C.I.P., Senior Review Coordinator
Lilly Moneer, M.R.A., C.I.P., Review Coordinator
Zachary Simpson, Compliance Specialist

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
Email: wsirb@dshs.wa.gov