Wayne State University

The Institutional Review Board

reviews and approves research involving human subjects, ensuring that all human subject research at Wayne State be conducted in accordance with all federal, institutional and ethical guidelines.


Wayne State University (WSU) has five separate committees that are constituted as Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), and which have oversight over all human participant research at WSU and its affiliates registered under the Wayne State Federalwide Assurance (FWA). There are four IRBs that review medical protocols involving adult participants (PH1, M1, MP2, and MP4). Two of these IRBs (MP2 and MP4) are qualified to review research involving minors (individuals younger than 18 years of age). The Behavioral IRB (B3) is responsible for reviewing all behavioral, education and social science research with adults and minors.

Wayne State University Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs Inc. (AAHRPP).

If you have IRB-related questions, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions, e-mail IRBQuestions@wayne.edu, or call (313) 577-1628.

Federal Wide Assurance

Wayne State University (WSU) operates its Human Research Protection Program under a Federalwide Assurance (FWA) on file with the Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP) with identification number: FWA 00002460. This registration can be accessed by searching for "Wayne State U" in the OHRP Database.

Individually registered Institutional Review Board (IRB) committee numbers:

  • IRB00006856 is for PH1- Medical
  • IRB00000325 is for M1- Medical adult
  • IRB00000326 is for MP2- Medical and Pediatric
  • IRB00000327 is for B3- Social, Behavioral, Education, and
  • IRB00000328 is for MP4- Medical and Pediatric

This FWA covers the WSU IRBs and its affiliated health care institutions (Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital/University Health Center, Sinai-Grace Hospital, Harper University Hospital, Huron Valley/Sinai Hospital, Hutzel Women's Hospital, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, John D. Dingell Veterans Administration Medical Center, and Michigan Orthopedic Surgery Hospital).

Wayne State University limited the scope of its FWA to federally funded research. Refer to the Flexible Review and Oversight of Research Not Covered by Federalwide Assurance Policy (.doc) for information about flexibility in the review and oversight of eligible research.

For questions, concerns or suggestions regarding the Human Research Protection Program, please call (313) 577-1628.

Good Clinical Practice Letter of Compliance (PDF)

The WSU IRB follows the WSU main campus holiday schedule and emergency closures.