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In educating your IRB, chapter and verse is the federal regulation on
protection of human subjects:
According to 45 CFR 46 on the protection of human subjects,

"Human subject means a living individual about whom an investigator (whether
professional or student) conducting research obtains . . . (2) identifiable
private information. . . . Private information includes information about
behavior that occurs in a context in which an individual can reasonably
expect that no observation or recording is taking place . . . Private
information must be individually identifiable (i.e., the identity of the
subject is or may readily be ascertained by the investigator or associated
with the information) in order for obtaining the information to constitute
research involving human subjects."

According to 45 CFR 46.116(d),

"An IRB may approve a consent procedure which does not include or which
alters, some or all of the elements of informed consent set forth in this
section, or waive the requirements to obtain informed consent provided the
IRB finds and documents that:

"(1) the research involves no more than minimal risk to the subjects;

"(2) the waiver or alteration will not adversely affect the rights and
welfare of the subjects;

"(3) the research could not practicably be carried out without the waiver or
alteration; and

"(4) whenever appropriate, the subjects will be provided with additional
pertinent information after participation."


Dave Bell
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From: "Bill.Richards" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, October 03, 2005 10:45 AM
Subject: [Fwd: How to address the IRB's concern]


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> Nancy Leonard ([log in to unmask]) wrote to ask about addressing the IRB's
> concern about the use of name rosters within a social network survey. Is
> there
> an alternative to contacting everyone on the list to request their
> consent to include
> their name on that list?
>
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