Defense rules of research engagement


It’s Halloween on Friday and as if on cue the Defense Department has released a new acquisition regulation about the use of humans in research contracts. Maybe it’s just me, but government and human testing sounds like the makings of a horror flick or thriller.

OK, so the rule is probably not that scary.

In fact, the rule is aimed at enhancing protections for human guinea pigs by ensuring contracts contain a clause mandating researchers to follow a stringent set of human research rules, such as obtaining informed consent from participants and receiving approval from a review board.

For the curious among you, Defense human research includes a variety of things from medical research into Gulf War illness to social science studies of terrorists.


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