Institutional Review Board (IRB)/Research


The North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is utilizing the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) Institutional Review Board (IRB) as the formal IRB of record for any research activities involving HHS employees and/or consumers. NDDOH IRB will assure that all scientific research conducted within the scope of DHS responsibility is consistent with applicable state and federal laws, regulations, and ethical principles, which relate to the protection of human subjects of research.

IRB Guidelines

HHS Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) Human Subject Protections (45 CFR 46)

OHRP Human Subject Regulations Decision Charts

IRB Application Instructions and Forms 

North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) IRB Forms and Instructions

Federalwide Assurance

North Dakota Department of Human Services FWA# 00003290
Expires: January 31, 2023

About FWA

ND DHS holds a Federalwide Assurance, number 00003290 from the Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP) in the federal Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). This FWA is a binding agreement between DHHS and the ND DHS and is updated and renegotiated at regular intervals. This Assurance remains in effect until 1/31/2023 unless the ND DHS is otherwise notified.

OHRP FWA Information

Additional Links

The Belmont Report

Research Subjects: What You Should Know about Research Participation

ND DHS/NDDOH IRB Jurisdiction

NDDOH IRB is the IRB charged by ND DHS with reviewing responsibilities for research conducted in the following areas:

  • Regional Human Service Centers
  • North Dakota State Hospital
  • Life Skills and Transition Center
  • Regional Child Support Units
  • Other areas of ND DHS

Contact the IRB

North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) Institutional Review Board (IRB): Contact Information