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OHRP maintains a supply of educational materials that are available in various formats including hard copy booklet, video tape, and CD ROM. To request a copy of any of these resources, please email us at OHRP-EDU@HHS.GOV.

“Protecting Human Subjects” Video tape Series (includes 3 instructional video tapes)

  1. "EVOLVING CONCERN: Protection for Human Subjects" traces the development of today's comprehensive program to protect human subjects in research out of earlier ethical codes and societal concerns. This film references historic events in behavioral and biomedical research to show why protection is needed and how it came about.
  2. "BALANCING SOCIETY'S MANDATES: Criteria for Protocol Review" depicts an IRB in action. Dr. Edmund Pellegrino, Former Director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, explains the basis for the criteria that an IRB follows in reviewing research. In commenting on IRB deliberations, he points out why the IRB seeks clarification and information from the researcher.
  3. "THE BELMONT REPORT: Basic Ethical Principles and Their Application" describes the basic ethical principles that underlie research involving human subjects: respect for persons, beneficence, and justice. This video illustrates application of these principles through biomedical and behavioral research case studies, and shows the principles at work in the resolution of ethical conflicts.

“Investigator 101” CD ROM

The “Investigator 101” CD ROM was developed jointly by OHRP and Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R). 
CME credits: PRIM&R will produce a certificate of completion for individuals who have viewed the training video and completed the post-training test with a score of 70 percent or higher (test must be returned to PRIM&R for scoring). The certificate of completion may then be used to apply for Category 2 CME credit.

Copies of the Belmont Report

The National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research (National Commission) published “Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research” (the Belmont Report) in 1979. The Belmont Report identifies three fundamental ethical principles for all human subjects research – respect for persons, beneficence, and justice. Those principles remain the basis for the HHS human subjects protection regulations.

Hard copy booklets of 45 CFR 46: Protection of Human Subjects

The Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects or the “Common Rule” was published in 1991 and codified in separate regulations by 15 Federal departments and agencies. The HHS regulations, 45 CFR part 46, include five subparts: subpart A, also known as the “Common Rule”; subpart B, additional protections for pregnant women, human fetuses, and neonates; subpart C, additional protections for prisoners; subpart D, additional protections for children; and subpart E, registration of institutional review boards.
Content created by Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)
Content last reviewed on March 5, 2016