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.

Other Independent Review articles by Ronald F. White
    Summer 2009   The Modern Health Care Maze: Development and Effects of the Four-Party System
    Fall 2006   Direct-to-Consumer Advertising and the Demise of the Ideal Model of Health Care

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