“RBs, Conflict and Liability: Will We See IRBs in Court? Or is it when?”

Daniel L. Icenogle, MD, JD-Clin Med Res. 2003 January; 1(1): 63–68.
“The entire human research infrastructure is under intense and increasing financial pressure. These pressures may have been responsible for several errors in judgment by those responsible for managing human research and protecting human subjects. The result of these errors has been some terrible accidents, some of which have cost the lives of human research volunteers. This, in turn, is producing both increased liability risk for those who manage the various aspects of human research and increasing scrutiny as to the capability of the human research protection structure as currently constituted. It is the author’s contention that the current structure is fully capable of offering sufficient protection for participants in human research–if Institutional Review Board (IRB) staff and members are given sufficient resources and perform their tasks with sufficient responsibility. The status quo alternative is that IRBs and their members will find themselves at great risk of becoming defendants in lawsuits seeking compensation for damages resulting from human experimentation gone awry.”
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1069025/

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