FWA & Federal Regulations

The Homewood Institutional Review Board (HIRB) holds a Federalwide Assurance (FWA) from the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The FWA is a binding agreement between DHHS and the Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Through the FWA, JHU assures the Federal government that it will comply with all Federal requirements (including Title 45, Part 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations) for all human participant research supported by the divisions served by HIRB and/or conducted by faculty, students, or staff in these divisions, regardless of whether the research is funded and, if funded, irrespective of the funding source.

HIRB’s FWA covers the JHU divisions listed below. For the sake of simplicity, these divisions will be referred to as the Homewood Divisions or Homewood Schools on the HIRB website and in HIRB documents.

  • Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Carey Business School
  • Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
  • Peabody Institute
  • School of Education
  • Whiting School of Engineering

The Homewood IRB FWA remains in effect until 9/16/2019. You can view the components of Homewood FWA at the OHRP website by clicking “FWA” tab and entering “Homewood Schools”.

More information about Assurances can be found on the OHRP Assurances Webpage:

The Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (45 CFR 46) can be viewed on the OHRP Regulations Webpage:

Investigators working in public schools, as well as private schools receiving Federal money, should review the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA).

Guidance on HIPAA regulations governing the privacy of personal health information is provided on the Office for Civil Rights and the National Institutes of Health HIPAA webpages.