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Federalwide Assurance (FWA)

Federalwide Assurance (FWA) for the Protection of Human Subjects

The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) requires that federally funded research that involves human participants, and that is not otherwise exempt, only be conducted at facilities that have a FWA. A FWA is an agreement between an institution and the government that designates the IRB that will review and oversee the research, specifies the ethical principles under which the research will be conducted, and identifies the individuals at the institution who are responsible for the proper conduct of the research. The terms of a FWA are established by OHRP.

The CHA FWA # is FWA00000014. We have created a statement of attestation that CHA has a FWA. You can print a copy of the memorandum for your records or for a sponsor.

OHRP has established a publically available searchable database with all issued FWAs and all IRB registrations.

IRB Office Contact
Ida Rego 

IRB office: (617) 806-8702
IRB office fax: (617) 806-8710

IRB office physical location:
1035 Cambridge Street, Suite 26
Cambridge, MA 02141

IRB office mailing address:
Cambridge Health Alliance
Institutional Review Board Office
1493 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
IRB Leadership Contact
We can be reached through the IRB office at (617) 806-8702:

J. Glover Taylor
Institutional Official
Chief Compliance Officer

Jennifer A. Graf
Manager, Human Research Protection Program and Research Integrity

Lior Givon, MD, PhD
IRB Chair

Sarah E. Nelson, PhD
IRB Vice-Chair