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Institutional Review Board

Human Research Protection Program

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) review WSU research activities that involve human participants to ensure that ethical standards are met.

News & Announcements

April 28, 2021, COVID-19 Research Guidance Update

Effective April 20, 2021: The Office of Research has authorized WSU research activities to move to Stage 3 as outlined in the Return to Research guidance. The Staged Return to Human Subject Research document is intended to provide guidance for restarting human subject research and applies to protocols with current approval by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

COVID-19: Research Operations at WSU

The CDC now has a page with more information and guidance regarding the vaccine: Interim Public Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. WSU and the HRPP will continue to monitor CDC and DOH guidance for changes and will update the WSU Staged Return to Onsite Research Guidance when appropriate.

April 27, 2021
Planning to start or renew an IRB protocol in the summer of Fall of 2021?

Please be aware that the IRB/HRPP Office anticipates reduced staffing levels and reviewer availability between May 1 and August 31, 2021. This will have an impact on our average application processing and review times that may last until early October. Please take this into account and plan ahead whenever possible by submitting your applications at least 30-60 days before your anticipated start date.

If you are submitting a time sensitive projects (e.g. Federally funded with a grant mandated start date), please be sure to communicate your anticipated start date. This helps the IRB office to better organize reviewer assignments and make sure no single reviewer is assigned multiple time sensitive reviews.

Thank you in advance for your help and understanding. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Joe Crossno, Assistant Director, HRPP-Office of Research Assurances.

April 20, 2021
The following information provides current news and guidance from the Washington State University (WSU) Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) and Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the conduct of human subject research. For more information on COVID-19, please visit WSU’s COVID-19 Update Page and the CDC Page for COVID-19.

COVID-19 guidance for the conduct of human subject research:

General information and guidance from the Office of Research on COVID-19 Research Operations at WSU:

Relevant State and Federal Guidance and Resources:

IRB/HRPP Office Operations Notice:
To combat the spread of COVID-19, the HRPP Office adheres to social distancing recommendations by limiting in person contact and communicating primarily via email or Zoom. We may also be dealing with reduced staffing or out-of-office work at times, and ask for patience during this time. Currently, the best way to contact us is at For additional contact information, please visit our Contacts page.

Support for researchers

We encourage active researcher engagement with IRB staff at any stage of the research process. If you would like to set up a meeting with the HRPP staff, please contact us at Please also include a basic overview of your questions and topics, as well as the days and times when you are available so we can arrange to meet with you via Zoom.