All research activities at the Wyoming Department of Health must have prior approval by the Investigational Review Board (IRB) prior to implementation. Specifically, all research will be conducted within the parameters of the Code of Federal Regulations and its sections 45 CFR and 38 CFR 15, and, where applicable, 21 CFR 50 and 56. These regulations are referenced in the WDH IRB Policies and Protocols below.
IRB Review for WDH Research Studies
*Any project meeting one or more of the following criteria should be submitted to the IRB to determine if review is needed:
- Involvement of agency employees or interns, or listing a WDH employee or intern as a collaborating investigator on the study.
- Collection of information either through direct contact with an individual or use of existing WDH data on file from citizens of the state of Wyoming.
- Use of surveys that involve the collection of protected health information or will solicit information from special groups (including but not limited to; children, pregnant women, prisoners).
*Research protocols that require review by an institutional review board and have been reviewed and approved by another IRB still are required to be reviewed and approved by WDH IRB if:
- WDH employees, interns or contractors are listed as collaborating investigators on the study
- WDH data on file is to be accessed in the research
- Data collected through the research will be used by a WDH program
*Research projects being performed by interns or employees of the agency to fulfill the requirements of educational activities, including university or college degrees or course of study projects, must be sponsored by the individual’s immediate supervisor and the corresponding division administrator if the investigator represents themselves as an employee of the agency and the project will collect information either through direct contact of human subjects or use of existing WDH data on file.