An External IRB is Reviewing a WU Study

1/10/2020

HRPO charges a fee when an external IRB serves as the IRB for a WU study and the study is funded by a for-profit entity.

For-profit funded studies
Form type Fees before 7/1/2020 Fees on or after 7/1/2020
New $1,250 $5,000
Modification $0 $0
Continuing Review $750 $0

Why do you charge a fee for a for-profit funded study when the study is using an external IRB?

Even when a study is deferred to another IRB, WU remains responsible for overseeing the conduct of the research. This includes ensuring all researchers are appropriately qualified and trained, reviewing each study for local context information including state laws and local policy requirements and assisting researchers in maintaining compliance with the external IRB’s requirements and determinations.

Does HRPO charge for modifications and continuing reviews for studies reviewed by external IRBs?

If the Request to Rely form is approved by HRPO on or after 7/1/2020, a one-time flat fee is applied for for-profit funded studies reviewed by other IRBs. There are no charges for modifications or continuing reviews.

If the Request to Rely form is approved prior to 7/1/2020 the prior fee schedule applies and includes a charge for continuing reviews.

In most circumstances, modifications do not need to be submitted to HRPO for studies being reviewed by other IRBs. Continuing reviews should never be submitted to HRPO for studies being reviewed by other IRBs. See the Research Guide for additional information about when modifications should be submitted when using an external IRB.

Are there IRB fees to use an external IRB if my study is NOT funded by a for-profit entity?

No. only studies funded by a for-profit entity are charged fees when using an external IRB.

Do the fees have to be paid before HRPO will process my request to use an external IRB?

No, HRPO will process a request to use an external IRB review before the fees are paid.

Which external IRBs are allowed to be used and does this change the fees I will be charged?

WU has reliance or IRB authorization agreements with 2 independents IRBs- Western IRB (WIRB) and Advarra- as well as a number of other academic IRBs. The fees are based on the funding source for the study.  The external IRB you use does not have any bearing on the fees that may be applicable.

Will the change to a flat fee affect my study that was approved before 7/1/2020?

No. If your Request to Rely form was approved prior to 7/1/2020 the prior fee schedule will apply.