Welcome to the home of the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Institutional Review Board (IRB). Our IRB is responsible for oversight of all human subjects research projects undertaken by WVDE staff. Our primary goal is to ensure that research subjects are adequately informed of their rights as study participants. Further, we are charged with educating investigators about the requirements to ensure the risks associated with participation in research activities, however small, are minimized.

In 2011 the WVDE formally established a comprehensive Human Protections Program and pledged to comply fully with the United States Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Regulations for the Protection of Human Subjects as specified in Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations Part 46, Subpart A ("The Common Rule") and Subparts B - D. The WVDE also pledged to comply with the United States Department of Education's Regulations which are codified in Title 34 CFR Part 97.

At that time, the WVDE made an institutional federalwide assurance (FWA) to comply with these regulations. The FWA is a promise to adhere to the regulations for protecting individuals who participate in research studies. Part of the regulations requires the designation of an IRB that is tasked with reviewing all research activities covered by the FWA. To learn more about the terms of the FWA, please see: http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/assurances/assurances/filasurt.html.

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