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The Censor's HandThe Misregulation of Human-Subject Research$
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Carl E. Schneider

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028912

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028912.001.0001

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The Rule of Law: The Lessons of Due Process

The Rule of Law: The Lessons of Due Process

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The Censor's Hand

Carl E. Schneider

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Good decisions come from good law. For government agencies, that means due process: good regulations and good procedures. The IRB regulations address so few issues that IRBs are relegated to subjectivity. IRBs may and do ignore all the elements of due process. And rules and procedures are empty without accountability, but IRBs are unaccountable. They may work in secret, researchers have no recourse against them, and they are not subject to standard hierarchical supervision. IRBs are trapped in inadequate procedures because adequate ones would crush IRBs already overburdened with tasks they lack the resources to accomplish. So they work without law and without accountability.

Keywords:   IRBs, IRB regulation, IRB regulations, Due process, Rule of law, Accountability, IRB procedures, IRB secrecy, IRB workload, IRB decisions

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