Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB)

When relying on an external or centralized IRB of record, it is the Principal Investigator’s responsibility to adhere to policies and procedures of the IRB of record.  In cases when there is an external or centralized IRB utilized, the IRB of Record policies prevail.  However the Principal Investigator will also be required to continue to follow all University of Iowa institutional policies as well as state and local laws governing human subjects research.  The HawkIRB application is designed to capture the majority of the information necessary to identify the Human Research Protection Program review requirements and various institutional policies.   

If you are interested in pursuing human subjects research utilizing an External IRB model, please review the "Final SOP for General External IRB" for specific information on the process and contact the Human Subjects Office at uirb-external@uiowa.edu . We will help you determine which model may work best for your proposal (Lead IRB of record, relying IRB, commercial IRB models, etc.)

General Submission Information

The University of Iowa has contracted with the Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB) for the option of review and oversight of new industry initiated and industry sponsored protocols that meet certain criteria.

The UI researchers will have the option to elect to allow the study to remain with the University of Iowa IRB.  If this option is selected, one time UI IRB fees of $2000 will apply for Industry sponsored studies.

Studies must be submitted to ​WIRB automatically if the following condition(s):

  • The study has funding from DOD Navy (Department of Defense) and requires the institution to sign a DOD addendum to the UI FWA.

Studies may be submitted to WIRB if they meet the following conditions:

Note: The UI reserves the right to withhold any new research protocol, regardless of industry sponsorship, from being sent to WIRB for review.  For those studies that are retained by the UI IRB, there are associated IRB fees.

  • The project is a study that involves human subjects and is designed to evaluate prospectively the safety and/or effectiveness of new drugs, devices, or behavioral interventions.
  • The protocol for the project was designed and written by the sponsor.
  • The sponsor holds all INDs for the protocol. (Please Note:  Sponsor held IND studies will temporarily be required to submit to the UI IRB for review.)
  • The only sponsor of the research is a for-profit entity/company.
  • The UI investigator has not previously submitted the study to another UI IRB.
  • The project does NOT involve any of the following:
    • Xenotransplantation
    • Embryonic stem cells
    • Review and approval by the UI Institutional Biosafety Committee (e.g. studies that involve recombinant DNA)
    • Any research funds from a federal or other not-for-profit funding source

VAMC Studies: The VAMC does not currently accept commercial IRB review. Therefore, projects reviewed by WIRB may not be conducted at the Iowa City VAHCS. This includes projects which propose the use of Veteran's Administration facilities, equipment or patients. Full-time VA employees may not be involved as PI, Co-I, or Sub-I in any project submitted to WIRB.

WIRB Policies & Procedures

The information provided below is to assist UI investigators with the UI/WIRB process for submission of applications. Follow the links for more information regarding each category.

WIRB Announcements

Archived WIRB announcements can be reviewed here. 

Contact Information

Contact WIRB with any questions regarding WIRB procedures or forms:

Phone: 800-562-4789
Fax: 360-252-2498
Email: clientservices@wirb.com
Mail: PO Box 12029
          Olympia, WA, USA 98508-2029

Contact the University of Iowa's WIRB Coordinator in the Human Subjects Office with questions regarding the application process or UI requirements:

Kathy Beck
Phone: 319-335-7297
Fax: 319-335-7310
Email: uiwirb@uiowa.edu
Mail: 105 HLHS, Human Subjects Office
          600 Newton Rd, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242