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Federalwide Assurance (FWA)

SponsorsAn FWA is the only type of assurance currently accepted and approved by OHRP.

It is required whenever an Institution becomes engaged in human subjects research conducted or supported by any U.S. federal department or agency that has adopted the Common Rule, unless the research is otherwise exempt from the requirements of the Common Rule or a U.S. federal department or agency conducting or supporting the research determines that the research shall be conducted under a separate assurance.

For step-by step instructions on filing an FWA, please see OHRP’s guidance here.

The following documentation must be submitted for consideration during Board review of any site/institution that adopts the common rule for all non-exempt research regardless of funding source: