The Federal Wide Assurance is the contract which the American University of Beirut has signed with the federal government allowing research involving human subjects to take place. When the Institution becomes engaged in federally-conducted or -supported human subjects research to which the FWA applies, the Institution and the institutional review boards (IRBs) designated under the Institution’s Assurance will comply with the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects.
All human subjects research to which the FWA applies, except for research exempted or waived in accordance with Sections 101(b) or 101(i) of the Common Rule, will be reviewed, prospectively approved, and subject to continuing review at least annually by the designated IRB(s). The IRB(s) will have authority to approve, require modifications in, or disapprove the covered human subjects research. For research approved by the IRB(s), further appropriate review and approval by any department or agency conducting or supporting the research or by officials of the institution holding the FWA may be required.
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