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The Illinois White Paper - Improving the System for Protecting Human Subjects: Counteracting IRB Mission Creep


C K Gunsalus


University of Illinois College of Law

Edward M Bruner


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Anthropology

Nicholas Burbules


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Educational Policy Studies

Leon DeCosta Dash Jr.


University of Illinois College of Law

Matthew Finkin


University of Illinois College of Law

Joseph Goldberg


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - College of Medicine

William Greenough


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Center for Advanced Studies, Department of Psychology

Gregory Miller


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry

Michael G. Pratt


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Business Administration


U Illinois Law & Economics Research Paper No. LE06-016

Abstract:     
This White Paper reports on two years' work by a group convened by the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois, following an invitational, national, interdisciplinary conference Human Subject Policy Conference: An Examination of the Interaction Between Human Subject Protection Regulations and Research Outside the Biomedical Sphere. We describe the pernicious effects of mission creep on the work of Institutional Review Boards, which is diverting the attention of some IRBs from critical ethical oversight in favor of often-meaningless paperwork. We make recommendations to help the IRB system focus its efforts on those research projects most in need of careful ethical review to protect human subjects of and participants in research. The recommendations include the idea that some methodologies do not need advance review and approval by IRBs and that there are procedural changes that can strengthen the core missions of IRBs. We hope that this paper will further the discussion about what reasonable procedures can be instituted to provide improved ethical protection for people who participate in research projects.

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Date posted: May 18, 2006  

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Gunsalus, C K and Bruner, Edward M and Burbules, Nicholas and Dash, Leon DeCosta and Finkin, Matthew and Goldberg, Joseph and Greenough, William and Miller, Gregory and Pratt, Michael G., The Illinois White Paper - Improving the System for Protecting Human Subjects: Counteracting IRB Mission Creep. U Illinois Law & Economics Research Paper No. LE06-016. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=902995 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.902995

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C. Kristina Gunsalus (Contact Author)
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Edward M Bruner
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Anthropology ( email )
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Nicholas Burbules
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Educational Policy Studies ( email )
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Leon DeCosta Dash Jr.
University of Illinois College of Law ( email )
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Matthew W. Finkin
University of Illinois College of Law ( email )
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Joseph Goldberg
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - College of Medicine ( email )
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William Greenough
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Center for Advanced Studies, Department of Psychology ( email )
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Gregory Miller
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry ( email )
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United States
Michael Gerard Pratt
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Business Administration ( email )
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