Protecting human research subjects

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Respect for persons, beneficence, and justice are the cardinal principles that guide the ethical conduct of research on humans. Past abuses of human research subjects prompted medical organizations and governmental agencies to develop guidelines that ensure the protection of human research subjects. Human research funded by the U.S. government is strictly regulated, and Institutional Review Board approval of the experimental protocol is required prior to the award. Under limited circumstances, human research may be exempted from review, or review may be expedited. Research involving specimens submitted for pathological examination or diagnostic studies sometimes qualifies for these special categories of limited review. Academic pathologists and laboratorians should be aware of the regulations that apply to research on human subjects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-127
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of clinical and laboratory science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 5 2001


  • Belmont Report
  • Declaration of Helsinki
  • Human research
  • Nuremberg Code

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Immunology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Hematology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Medical Laboratory Technology


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