From the world’s largest biopharmaceutical companies to the newest startups, sponsors and CROs look to WCG IRB as they balance business obligations with science, ethics and federal regulations.

We’ve built our legacy as a trusted research partner by providing the most efficient, highest quality ethical review. We are focused on making our clients successful while preserving the highest standards of ethics, quality, and regulatory compliance.

Services for Sponsors and CROs

IRB Review

We’re the industry-leading ethical review provider and a trusted research partner to institutions around the world, with more than 200 experienced members on our AAHRPP-accredited boards, and more than 50 years of experience.

IBC Review

We’ve registered more than 800 IBCs in 14 countries with the NIH  since the year 2000, making us the premier provider of centralized Institutional Biosafety Committee administration and review services.

International Review

Research Conducted in Canada

Our Canadian Board — located in Vancouver, British Columbia — provides comprehensive review services for clinical studies conducted in Canada.

In compliance with Canadian regulations, a majority of IRB members on our Canadian board are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Their reviews are conducted in accordance with Division 5 regulations of Health Canada, the Tri-Council Policy Statement, International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) Guidance for Industry – E6 Good Clinical Practice: Consolidated Guideline, and U.S. CFR Title 21 Parts 50 and 56 and CFR Title 45 Part 46.

Research Conducted Globally

For research conducted outside North America, WCG IRB is happy to provide US review in conjunction with a local IRB when required for funding or regulatory reasons. Other cases can be considered on an individual basis.

We do not provide IRB review of research in other countries where there is not a local IRB. This includes research for which it is unclear if local regulations require IRB review, such as stem cell research, device research, tissue collection studies, and questionnaires and surveys. 

International Fellows Program

We have been training the world’s research ethics professionals since 2002, through our International Fellows Program, which was initiated with support from the World Health Organization (WHO).