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Human subjects research regulation: perspectives on the future.

Vosper, Helen


Helen Vosper


This book is the 43rd in a series entitled ‘Basic bioethics’, and is intended to make work in bioethics accessible to a broad audience. This volume looks at the regulations safeguarding research involving human participants, and explores the legislative framework governing research in the US, in particular the ‘Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects’. The reason for this focus is that there have been a number of proposed changes (described within the Advanced Notice for Proposed Rulemaking, or ANPRM) which aim to take a risk-based approach to targeting regulatory oversight, as well as modifying regulations to keep pace with research, particularly regarding multi-site trials and the challenges facing research involving use of biological specimens. One of the points made in the introduction is that at the time of writing (late 2013) little progress had been made in terms of this legislative review. Indeed, at the time of writing this review, the process is far from complete. The aim of the book, therefore, is to stimulate dialogue around the proposed changes.


VOSPER, H. 2017. Human subjects research regulation: perspectives on the future. Ergonomics [online], 60(12), pages 1766-1767. Available from:

Journal Article Type Book Review
Acceptance Date May 23, 2017
Online Publication Date May 29, 2017
Publication Date Dec 31, 2017
Deposit Date May 3, 2022
Publicly Available Date May 3, 2022
Journal Ergonomics
Print ISSN 0014-0139
Electronic ISSN 1366-5847
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 60
Issue 12
Pages 1766-1767
Item Discussed COHEN, G. and LYNCH, H.F. (eds.). 2014. Human subjects research regulation: perspectives on the future. Cambridge, MA: Instutute of Technology. ISBN 9780262526210
Keywords Bioethics; Safeguarding; Human participants; Human factors; Ergonomics
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This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Ergonomics. VOSPER, H. 2017. Human subjects research regulation: perspectives on the future. Ergonomics, 60(12), pages 1766-1767. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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