Outsourcing ethical obligations: Should the revised common rule address the responsibilities of investigators and sponsors?

Seema K. Shah*

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Abstract

The Common Rule creates a division of moral labor in research. It implies that investigators and sponsors can outsource their ethical obligations to IRBs and participants, thereby fostering a culture of compliance, rather than one of responsibility. The proposed revisions to the Common Rule are likely to exacerbate this problem. To harness the expressive power of the law, I propose the Common Rule be revised to include the ethical responsibilities of investigators and sponsors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-410
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Law, Medicine and Ethics
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy

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