Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB)

Western IRB (WIRB), an independent commercial IRB located in Olympia, WA, has been contracted to act as one of RowanSOM's IRB to review, approve and monitor industry-sponsored human subjects research.

All submissions to WIRB must go through the RowanSOM IRB Office.

Criteria for submission of studies for review by WIRB

  • Study is industry-sponsored, that is, the industry sponsor has written the protocol, is funding the research, and will monitor the conduct of the study.
  • The research will be conducted at a RowanSOM performance site. (Site is owned and operated by RowanSOM)
  • The investigator(s) is (are) RowanSOM employees
  • The investigator(s) is (are) in good standing with the RowanSOM IRB (e.g., no compliance issues, no expired studies, etc.)
  • All study personnel involved in human subjects research have completed the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Basic Course.

Circumstances Requiring Review of Protocols by a RowanSOM IRB

Under the following circumstances, protocols may not be reviewed by WIRB, but must be reviewed by a RowanSOM IRB:

  • the research will be conducted at a non-RowanSOM performance site.
  • the research will have or could be perceived as having significant local impact on the University’s host communities, requiring special sensitivity to the University’s host communities’ attitudes and culture, and/or sufficient knowledge of the local research context.
  • the research will be conducted by investigators who have current compliance issues or are otherwise not in good standing with a RowanSOM IRB.
  • research requiring Institutional Biosafety oversight, such as research involving the following:
    • Infectious agents,
    • Recombinant DNA/human gene transfer,
    • or Biologically-derived toxins