Human Subjects Research
Update on the Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections
October 26, 2011 – Following a period of consultation, the APSA’s Committee on Professional Ethics, Rights and Freedoms submitted a comment reflecting the views and concerns of members and political scientists. You can read a copy of the submitted comment here.
The Ethics Committee will continue to monitor developments on the proposed rule changes and keep members informed. Those interested in further information or who have additional queries are also welcome to contact APSA Fellow and Associate Director Betsy Super, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 28, 2011 - The protection of human research subjects is again on the agenda of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). On July 25, the Federal Government published advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) in the Federal Register regarding the Common Rule that governs human subject research. The changes are intended to strengthen regulatory protection for human research subjects. Also read: the HHS news release announcing the possible changes and a summary of the ANPRM.
The American Political Science Association will be working with the Consortium of Social Science Associations on a white paper which speaks to the particular concerns of social and political scientists regarding human subjects research and the proposed changes. The APSA Committee on Professional Ethics, Rights and Freedoms is currently reviewing the ANPRM as part of this process.
Excerpt from APSA's Guidelines for Professional Ethics, Rights and Freedoms