The Institutional Review Board

About the Institutional Review Board

The Swarthmore College Institutional Review Board (IRB) is charged with reviewing human subject research. The IRB is committed to protecting the rights, welfare, and privacy of individuals participating as subjects in research.

The College holds an agreement with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), known as a Federalwide Assurance (FWA). This agreement between DHHS and Swarthmore College outlines our responsibilities to review research involving human subjects in accordance with the ethical principles outlined in the Belmont Report, federal regulations (e.g., DHHS regulations 45 CFR Part 46), state or local laws, and College policies.

Any faculty, staff, or student must submit their proposed research involving human subjects to the IRB for review and receive approval before initiating the research, including any interactions with potential research participants.

Swarthmore College's IRB has been issued the following FWA number by DHHS: 00002495. The expiration date for this assurance changes frequently. If you need the expiration date, please visit the OHRP website, enter the FWA number above, click "Search", and click on the institution name.



Federal regulations require full board review of all proposed research involving greater than minimal risk to human subjects (e.g., initial, amendments, continuing reviews). These studies may be submitted for review at any of the scheduled meeting dates listed below.

Proposed research involving greater than minimal risk will not be reviewed during June, July, and August and must be submitted in accordance with the deadlines below to be considered for review at a desired meeting.

All proposed human subject research involving minimal risk will be reviewed outside of a convened committee meeting/ full board review. This type of research will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis with the exception of semester breaks (i.e., fall, Thanksgiving, winter, spring) and the month of August.

All proposed research, regardless of the risk, should be submitted through IRBManager. After obtaining your IRBManager login, you can access IRBManager for submission. This link may also be used to check the status of your research during the review and track previously approved research.