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Shared Responsibility

PROTECTING RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS

 

Protecting Humans in Research is a Shared Responsibility

HHS and OHRP

Responsible for the rules that protect volunteers in HHS funded research

Funding
Organizations

Ensure that human research is conducted ethically and complies with appropriate rules and standards of protections

Research
Institutions

Agree to comply with the rules and educate research personnel about appropriate conduct toward research volunteers

IRBs

Review and oversee research to ensure that research volunteers are adequately protected according to ethical standards and relevant rules

Researchers

Carry out scientifically valid and ethical research. Often this includes providing information to help people make an informed decision about participating

Individuals

Learn about the risks and benefits associated with a research study through the informed consent process, and make an informed decision about whether to participate

 
protecting handsTalk to the research team for questions about a research study. OHRP has created a list of Questions to Ask to help participants when meeting with the research team. The institution’s human research protection office and the IRB are also able to address concerns. Contact information for these resources should be in the consent documents for the study.
 
HHS and OHRP
Protecting Human Subjects in Research
Content created by Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)
Content last reviewed on October 11, 2017