OMB No. 0990-0278
Approved for use through May 31, 2011

Federalwide Assurance (FWA) for the Protection of Human
Subjects for Institutions Within the United States

[ ] New Filing                   [ ] Update or Renewal for FWA Number:                               


1. Institution Filing Assurance

Legal Name:

City:                                              State:

HHS Institution Profile File (IPF) code, if known:

Federal Entity Identification Number (EIN), if known:

If this Assurance replaces an MPA or CPA, please provide the "M" or "T" number:

2. Institutional Components

List below all components over which the Institution has legal authority that operate under a different name. Also list with an asterisk (*) any alternate names under which the Institution operates. The Institution should have available for review by the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) upon request a brief description and line diagram explaining the interrelationships among the Assurance Signatory Official, the Institutional Review Board(s) (IRB), IRB support staff, and investigators in these various components.

NOTE: The Signatory Official signing this Assurance must be legally authorized to represent the Institution providing this Assurance and all components listed below. Entities that the Signatory Official is not legally authorized to represent may not be listed here without the prior approval of OHRP.

                [ ]   Please check here if there are no such components or alternate names.

Name of Component or
Alternate Names Used


(or Country if Outside U.S.)







3. Statement of Principles

This Institution assures that all of its activities related to human subjects research, regardless of the source of support, will be guided by the ethical principles in the following document(s): (indicate below )

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The Belmont Report

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Other: (Please submit copy to OHRP with this Assurance)

4. Applicability

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The Common Rule (see section 3 of the Terms of the FWA for Institutions Within the United States for a list of departments and agencies that have adopted the Common Rule and the applicable citations to the Code of Federal Regulations)

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The Common Rule and subparts B, C, and D of the HHS regulations at 45 CFR part 46

5. Designation of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

This Institution designates the following IRB(s) for review of research under this Assurance (if the IRB has not previously registered with HHS or has not provided a membership roster to HHS, please submit to OHRP the appropriate IRB registration materials which are available on the OHRP website).

NOTE: Reliance on the IRB of another institution or organization or an independent IRB must be documented by a written agreement that is available for review by OHRP upon request. OHRP’s sample IRB Authorization Agreement may be used for this purpose, or the parties involved may develop their own agreement. Future designation of other IRBs requires an update of the FWA.


Name of IRB as Registered with HHS









6. Human Protections Administrator (e.g., Human Subjects Administrator or Human Subjects Contact Person)

First Name:                               Middle Initial:                      Last Name:

Degrees or Suffix:                  Institutional Title:


Telephone:                            FAX:                                         E-Mail:


City:                                                  State:                             Zip Code:

7. Signatory Official (i.e., Official Legally Authorized to Represent the Institution)

I understand that the Assurance Training Modules on the OHRP website describe the responsibilities of the Signatory Official, the IRB Chair(s), and the Human Protections Administrator under this Assurance. Additionally, I recognize that providing research investigators, IRB members and staff, and other relevant personnel with appropriate initial and continuing education about human subject protections will help ensure that the requirements of this Assurance are satisfied.

Acting officially in an authorized capacity on behalf of this Institution and with an understanding of the Institution’s responsibilities under this Assurance, I assure protections for human subjects as specified above. The IRB(s) designated above are to provide review for all research to which this Assurance applies. The designated IRB(s) will comply with the Terms of the Federalwide Assurance for Institutions Within the United States and possess appropriate knowledge of the local context in which this Institution’s research will be conducted.

All information provided with this Assurance is up-to-date and accurate. I am aware that false statements could be cause for invalidating this Assurance and may lead to other administrative or legal action.

Signature ____________________________________________       Date: ________________

First Name:                               Middle Initial:                      Last Name:

Degrees or Suffix:                Institutional Title:


Telephone:                            FAX:                                         E-Mail:


City:                                                  State:                             Zip Code:

NOTE: Institutions operated by the U.S. Government may need to obtain department or agency clearance prior to submission of the FWA to OHRP. Please contact the relevant department or agency Human Subject Protections Officer before forwarding this Assurance to OHRP.

8. FWA Approval

The Federalwide Assurance for the Protection of Human Subjects for Institutions Within the United States submitted to HHS by the above Institution is hereby approved.

Assurance Number:                                      Expiration Date:

Signature of HHS Approving Official:                                                             Date:                        





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