Human Subjects Research

COVID-19 Guidance for Human Subjects Research

Download the COVID-19 HSR Guidance Updates PDF for important COVID-19 specific information before resuming or initiating human subjects research at Wake Forest University.

The Wake Forest University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee of faculty, staff, and community members that reviews research about living people. They are charged with protecting the rights and welfare of human participants involved in research conducted under the auspices of Wake Forest University, in accordance with its Federal-wide Assurance and IRB Policies and Procedures.

Do you need IRB approval for your proposed research activity?

If you are gathering information about living individuals, you may be conducting human research.

Don’t risk noncompliance with University policy or federal regulations! Contact for guidance and documentation of the determination. Only the IRB can make this determination.

Remember, no research activities involving human participants (including advertising or recruiting) can take place until the research application is reviewed and approved by the IRB.

Please note that most applications (those that qualify for Flex, Exempt, or Expedited level review) can be submitted anytime and are reviewed in the order submitted. Applications requiring review by the Full Board should be submitted by the first of the month to be considered for that month’s agenda.

Even though the IRB staff and Board members are working remotely during the pandemic, IRB meetings are possible and will occur on an as-needed basis.