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Other Research

PROTECTING RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS

 

Is There Research That is Not Regulated By the Common Rule?

There are many research activities that do not come under the Common Rule. An example is research funded by private money such as research paid for by private companies, charitable foundations, or wealthy individuals. Some state or even federally funded research may not come under the Common Rule as well.

Some Research is Outside of OHRP's Oversight


Even when research is not required to follow the Common Rule, there may be other regulations that provide protections.

For example, pharmaceutical companies that do research on new drugs that they plan to sell in the U.S. must comply with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules to protect humans in research. The FDA’s rules are very similar to the Common Rule. The FDA protects public health by ensuring the safety and efficacy of drugs, biological products, and medical devices such as artificial heart valves. It is also responsible for advancing public health by helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medical products to maintain and improve their health.

Finally, many institutions voluntarily apply the protections laid out in the Common Rule, even if their research does not fall under OHRP oversight.
 
HHS and OHRP
Protecting Human Subjects in Research

 

Content created by Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)
Content last reviewed on October 11, 2017