President's Bioethics Commission Releases Report on Human Subjects Protection

Posted 22 December 2011 | By

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues on 15 December issued its report concerning federally sponsored research involving human volunteers, concluding that current rules and regulations provide adequate safeguards to mitigate risk. In its report, "Moral Science: Protecting Participants in Human Subjects Research," the commission also recommended 14 changes to current practices to better protect research subjects, and called on the federal government to improve its tracking of research programs supported with taxpayer dollars.  

President Obama requested that the commission undertake an assessment of research standards following the October 2010 revelation that the US Public Health Service supported unethical research in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948 that involved intentionally exposing thousands of Guatemalans to sexually transmitted diseases without their consent. The commission recommends that each federal department or agency supporting research with human subjects maintain a core set of data for its research programs that includes the title and lead investigator of each project, the location of each study, and the amount appropriated for the research. (ACRP Wire)


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