Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Research & Data Analysis Division

  • WSIRB Notes
  • We only accept applications on our latest forms.

  • The WSIRB only reviews research within its jurisdiction...
  • ...the HRRS and WSIRB only review research that falls within their authority or scope of review, including Washington State agencies: DSHS, DOH, L&I, HCA and DEL and, under formal agreement, with local government agencies, including for example: Clark County Public Health, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, and Whatcom County Health.

  • Response times for submissions may be delayed...
  • ...for all study actions, including submissions by non-agency investigators. The HRRS is operating under reduced staffing. Review priority is directed towards agency business, including agency investigators, and time-sensitive actions for previously approved studies. Please plan accordingly.

  • CARS approval may only be extended for one year...
  • ...Federal regulations require that Continuation Approval Requests be approved for a period of not more than one year from your study's initial or prior WSIRB approval date.

  • E-mail approaching 30 MB in size should be sent after 5 pm...
  • ...E-mail that exceeds 30 MB are blocked - senders may not receive notification of delivery failure. Please zip large files, or send multiple e-mails with attachments and confirm receipt with us if you send large files. Please let us know how many files to expect.



Researchers planning to submit a proposal to the WSIRB should call and discuss their proposed research with Review Section staff before preparing their application. You may call Review Section staff at 360.902.8075.

We confirm all received applications by e-mail.

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