The Washington University Institutional Review Board (IRB) policies and procedures contain important information about the IRB’s oversight and review process, along with responsibilities of individuals conducting human subjects research. These documents are intended for use by the Human Research Protection Office (HRPO), IRB members, researchers and other WU committees or administrators involved in the conduct or oversight of human subject research.


Washington University IRB Policies (Version 5/10/2024)

Washington University IRB Policies Summary of Changes
(Version 5/10/2024)

Non-responsive Policy (Version 6/6/2014)

WU Policy for use of a single IRB (sIRB) in multi-site research studies (Version 3/1/2024)

WU Policy for use of a single IRB (sIRB) in multi-site research studies 03 31 2024, Summary of Changes

WU IRB Policies Table of Contents

I. Authority and Organizational Commitment

II. Applicability: Activities Subject to IRB Jurisdiction

III. Records

IV. Membership/IRBs

V. Full Board Review

VI. Expedited Review

VII. Informed Consent

VIII. Special Categories of Research

IX. Principal Investigators (PIs)

X. Investigator Reporting Requirements and IRB Review of Reportable Events

Xi. Human Research Protection Office (HRPO)

Appendix 1: Glossary

Appendix 2: Covered Organizations

Content current as of 05/10/2024