Review of Research by the Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB)
The Health Sciences Institutional Review Boards (HS IRBs) have contracted with a commercial IRB, the Western IRB (WIRB), for the review of the majority of industry-sponsored research studies that are not investigator initiated. Therefore, industry-sponsored protocols, with some exceptions, are reviewed by WIRB instead of the HS IRBs. When using WIRB, your contact with the HS IRBs Office is through the Reliance Team. The Reliance Team is the UW-Madison research team's liaison between the HS IRBs Office and WIRB and can provide guidance regarding the preparation of submissions for WIRB and their submission. Please see Contact Information for further assistance.