Research Microscope Lab

Human Research Protection Program

MCW IRB Partners

MCW IRB provides oversight for human subject research occurring at Blood Center of Wisconsin, and the Froedtert Health System which includes Froedtert Health Clinics, Froedtert Hospital, Community Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital - West Bend. These institutions may have their own requirements described below which must be met prior to the start of any research project.

Local Institutions under MCW IRB Oversight

The following institutions have executed agreements which identifies MCW IRB as their IRB of oversight for all human subject research which may engage their faculty, resources or students.  MCW HRPP has identified these institutions as components which fall under MCW's AAHRPP accreditation. 

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Blood Center of Wisconsin

Starting January 2014 BloodCenter of Wisconsin contracted with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) for IRB services.

This move was made to provide access to greater IRB resources in terms of regulatory compliance and expertise, IRB staffing and services, and electronic protocol management.

MCW’s AAHRPP accreditation assures government regulators and industry sponsors of our commitment to the protection of research participants. This move brings us one step closer to IRB consistency across campus institutions and is intended to help meet the growing needs of BloodCenter researchers.

All individuals involved in the design, conduct or review of human subject research that is reviewed by MCW IRB must comply with MCW HSRP requirements. 

Investigators who have previously complied BCW's HSRP training requirement of NIH training will be accepted if training has been completed within 3 years prior to May 1, 2014.  MCW HSRP training will be required to be completed once their NIH training has expired. 

IRB SOP: HSRP Training Requirements (PDF)

Froedtert Health System

If you are looking to conduct your research at any Froedtert Health (FH) System entity including but not limited to Froedtert Hospital, Community Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph West Bend or any of FH clinics, and/or utilize any FH resource for your research. 

Resources may include but not limited to access or use of clinical staff, equipment, supplies, images, protected health information. 

Research projects must be reviewed by and receive FH Administrative Approval through the FH Office of Clinical Research & Innovative Care Compliance (OCRICC). OCRICC recommends that you contact OCRICC no later than submission to the IRB.

Froedtert Health OCRICC Office

Multi-site Projects

MCW considers a multi-site project to be a human subjects research study that will be initiated at more than one location other than or in addition to MCW or identified partners (Froedtert Health System or BloodCenter of Wisconsin).

This definition includes community-based projects as well as clinical trials. Examples include:

MCW and Children’s Hospital
Froedtert Hospital and Marquette
MCW and United Community Center

Clinical trial conducted at numerous sites, even if all sites obtain IRB approval independently of each other.


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