Updates to the Common Rule: Harmonizing the Protection of Human Subjects With Research in a New Era
[the following is an excerpt from the editorial that appears in print in the January 2017 issue of JNPT]
These days, researchers and research consumers alike take for granted the idea that people who participate in research projects should be treated ethically. However, the guidelines that provide the standard boundaries in which researchers operate undergo regular scrutiny and are continually evolving. Since 1991, the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, also referred to as the "Common Rule," has been a regulatory requirement for institutions that conduct research sponsored by any one of 16 federal agencies. The Common Rule has been the standard for human subjects protection in the United States. To understand the rationale underlying some of the recent changes to the Common Rule, it is valuable to know a bit about its origins.
Read the full editorial in this issue.
Editor-in-Chief Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA