Institutional Review Board Mission Creep: The Common Rule, Social Science, and the Nanny State
By Ronald F. White
This article appeared in the Spring 2007 issue of The Independent Review

Originally designed to protect subjects of federally funded human research from physical harm, Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) have been hit with a barrage of unrelated mandates that impede their proper function and undermine legitimate and useful social science, science education, and freedom of inquiry. Despite a growing body of scholarly criticism, seasoned with IRB horror stories, the juggernaut continues.

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