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  • International Fellows Program

Meet international challenges with confidence

Local regulations, requirements, and cultural sensitivities play an enormous part in international research. With our International Fellows Program, strategic partnerships, and global expertise, WIRB can be your knowledgeable guide almost anywhere in the world. We have more international services, more global contacts, and we have participated in more studies and regulatory consultations worldwide than any other independent IRB.

Research ethics board for clinical research studies in Canada

Our Canadian Board in Vancouver, BC, is composed of Canadian nationals, which acts as your local Canadian research ethics board. Initial and ongoing reviews are conducted in accordance with Health Canada's Division 5, the Tri Council Policy Statement, ICH GCP E6, and U.S. CFR Title 21 Parts 50 and 56 and CFR Title 45 Part 46.

For more information about the WIRB Canadian Board, please contact us.

Global IRB reviews

With experience in more than 70 countries, we can help you meet all the logistical, cultural, and regulatory challenges of international research. We reference local laws, customs, and attitudes to ensure that research is culturally and legally acceptable.

We are able to act as the sole IRB in countries where regulations allow, or work with a local IRB or other review committee where it is required. Find out more about international IRB regulations.

Other global services

In addition to IRB reviews, WIRB can also provide international services for institutional biosafety committees, data and safety monitoring, and education and consulting.

Learn more about Institutional Biosafety Committee Services. For international IBCS queries, contact us.

Learn more about our Education and Consulting Services around the globe, or contact us.

Promoting cooperation and protecting human research participants worldwide

One of our goals is to help educate the world to reach the highest standards for medical research and regulations. Our International Fellows Program carries out our mission to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects by training representatives from around the world to review and oversee research in an ethical and responsible manner.

Founded in partnership with the World Health Organization Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, the National Institutes of Health, and the University of Washington, this training program is for foreign health care professionals who want to learn how to establish or improve review boards in their regions. It is an intensive program designed to help participants develop the skills necessary to create and/or manage and administer international review boards that will protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects. The World Health Organization chose WIRB to host this program because of WIRB's long history of excellence.

How to apply

To apply to our International Fellows Program, send an email to Ckundert@wirb.com.

Your email should include a statement that demonstrates your interest in increasing your capacity for ethical review of human subject research. Please also include a brief paragraph about your experience in human subject research.

To learn more about our International Fellows Program, contact us.

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