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October 1st, 2019

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  • SACHRP Approves Participant Payment Guidelines

    The Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) recently approved guidelines on paying research participants, addressing a range of issues from “token” payments to frank coercion. After considerable discussion into the ethical implications of paying subjects too much or too little, SACHRP approved the guidelines, entitled “Addressing Ethical Concerns Regarding Offers of Payment to Research Participants.”

  • ‘Re-Consent’ a Gray Area for IRBs

    Wading into a thicket of ethical and legal issues, SACHRP is trying to clarify the concept of “re-consent” and when is it necessary.

  • In New Common Rule Era, There Is Role for Post-Approval Monitoring

    Post-approval monitoring (PAM) is one method that IRBs could employ when keeping tabs on minimal-risk studies or studies that no longer have to go through the continuing review process. It also can be a way for a small IRB to improve office efficiency and enhance relationships with investigators. IRBs that would like additional information from studies, after continuing review ends, could use PAM to obtain that information.

  • Sample Models of Post-Approval Monitoring Programs

    There are many ways IRBs could conduct post-approval monitoring programs. These can range from simple email questions and answers to full reviews at the research site. These programs often are designed to be educational, as well as adding a layer of accountability in the human research protection process.

  • Tips for Including Plain Language in Informed Consent Form

    Many informed consent forms fail to communicate simply and clearly. They might use language prospective research participants may not process easily. While the new Common Rule provides some suggestions for making informed consent documents more readable, there are additional steps IRBs and researchers could take to improve the forms, including incorporating plain language.