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The Development and Operation of IRBs: Medical Regulations and Social Science

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A sketch of the development of institutional review boards (IRBs) and the system of human subjects research regulation in the United States is presented, from the Nuremberg Code of 1949 to the Belmont Report of 1979, and continues with several contemporary developments. Conflicts within the system are discussed, particularly those related to the regulatory application of the medical model to social science. Examination of two central documents produced by participants in the IRB regulatory system is presented to illustrate difficulties with current regulation.
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Keywords: Human Subjects Research; Institutional Review Board

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Mass Communication, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Publication date: 2005-08-01

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