Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Re: ‘Accreditation helps …’

In her article, “Accreditation helps researchers and sub-jects alike” (Observer, May 2003), Majorie A. Speers, executive director of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc., in Washington, DC, tries to make the case for the benefits of accreditation for research ethics boards (IRBs). Some genuine problems More

IRBs Should Not Be ‘Research Design Police’

I am deeply concerned about the letters of Christine Hansen (“Limitations of IRB Expertise,” Observer, April 2002) and Harold Stanislaw (“IRBs Must Understand Psychological Science,” Observer, April 2002) to a letter by John Furedy (“IRBs: Ethics, Yes-epistemology, No,” Observer, February 2002). I believe these two responses put us on a More

ABCs of IRBs

Human Subject Protection: IRBs Made (The Big) Easy! Hosted by: Jeffery Cohen, Office of Human Research Protections and Barbara Spellman, University of Virginia Jeffery Cohen, federal Office for Human Research Protections, addresses the issues of risk and harm and informed consent in behavioral science research involving human participants. Some issues More