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Research Integrity at PNWU: Institutional Review Board

  • Protecting the rights and welfare of human research participants;
  • Impartiality when conducting reviews of human subject research;
  • Remaining immune from pressure by the institution’s administration, the investigators whose protocols are brought before it, or other professional and non-professional sources

The IRB accomplishes these goals by monitoring research conducted by PNWU students, faculty, staff, and affiliates. Any research or scholarly activity that may involve human subjects must go through the IRB for either determination or approval

Determination is the process of deciding if your project involves human subjects. If your project is determined to be research on human subjects, then you will need further approval from the IRB. 

Pacific Northwest University does not allow investigators to make their own determination if their research/scholarly activity involves human subjects.

Applications for determination or approval are on IRBManager. 

The PNWU IRB receives this mandate and authority from the Code of Federal Regulations (45 CFR 46), and additional regulations imposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  PNWU holds a Federal Wide Assurance (FWA00014453) with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which describes the principles and guidelines under which the PNWU IRB must review and approve the conduct of research involving human subjects under the oversight of the Institutional Official.  The PNWU IRB applies the ethical principles embodied in the Common Rule (45 CFR 46) and the Belmont Report with regard to the protection of human research subjects. More information on membership of the IRB and it's authority can be found here. 

As of January 21, 2019 PNWU will be following the Revised Common Rule.

Sharefile Link (for secure file sharing and data storage)

IRB Membership IRB Membership and Authorities

IRB Forms IRB Manager, Quick start, IRB submissions

Training CITI program, Human Subject Training Resources, and SOP's

Investigator Toolbox Forms and templates for research

Contact Information


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