The Northwestern University IRB directs the Northwestern University Human Participant Protection Program (HRPP) and is responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of human research participants. Key information about the Northwestern HRPP, qualifications of the Northwestern IRB Office, and various state laws to consider when reviewing the Northwestern site are available here: Northwestern Local Context Information .
The Northwestern IRB Office supports 6 IRB panels comprised of over 80 members from within the University, our affiliates, and the community. Of the 6 IRB panels, 5 meet monthly and 1 meets weekly. For more information and our panel meeting schedule please see our dedicated Panels & Rosters webpage.
The IRB Office accepts nominations and applications for faculty, staff, and community member service on our panels. For more information see our dedicated Become an IRB Member webpage.
The Northwestern IRB received initial accreditation on December 19, 2016. Full re-accreditation was received on December 16, 2019. For more information see our dedicated AAHRPP Accreditation webpage.
FWA and IRB Registration
Northwestern filed a Federalwide Assurance (FWA) with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), in which we promise to uphold federal regulations and ethical principles for human subjects research conducted by employees, agents, and affiliates of NU.
- Northwestern University’s FWA number is 00001549 (Expiration: 12/14/2026)
- Northwestern University's Federalwide Assurance (FWA)
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) require IRBs to register through a system maintained by DHHS.
- Northwestern University’s IRB Organization (IORG) number is IORG0000247
- Northwestern University’s IRB Registration Letter