United States Federal Wide Assurance (FWA)

(from the Office for Human Research Protections)

What is a Federalwide Assurance (FWA)?

The Federalwide Assurance (FWA) is the only type of assurance of compliance accepted and approved by OHRP for institutions engaged in non-exempt human subjects research conducted or supported by HHS. Under an FWA, an institution commits to HHS that it will comply with the requirements set forth in 45 CFR part 46, as well as the Terms of Assurance.

FWAs also are approved by OHRP for federalwide use, which means that other federal departments and agencies that have adopted the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (also known as the Common Rule) may rely on the FWA for the research that they conduct or support. Institutions engaging in research conducted or supported by non-HHS federal departments or agencies should consult with the sponsoring department or agency for guidance regarding whether the FWA is appropriate for the research in question.

There is a single version of the FWA and the Terms of Assurance for domestic (U.S.) institutions and international (non-U.S.) institutions.

RITHIM has received IRB (Institutional Review Board) Certification which is IRB00012696 - Research Improvements Through Harmonization In Manitoba IRB #1 - CHIPER. 

RITHIM's FWA number is FWA00030108, and is valid until September 15, 2025