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Belmont Report

The Belmont Report was written by the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research. The Commission, created as a result of the National Research Act of 1974, was charged with identifying the basic ethical principles that should underlie the conduct of biomedical and behavioral research involving human subjects and developing guidelines to assure that such research is conducted in accordance with those principles.


The three guiding principles for research with human participants are:


RESPECT FOR PERSONS : Individuals should be treated as autonomous agents, and persons with diminished autonomy are entitled to protection.


BENEFICENCE : Maximize possible benefits and minimize possible harms.


JUSTICE : Equals should be treated equally with respect to the benefits and risks of research.


Click here for the full Belmont Report and other resources.


Common Rule

The Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (also known as “the Common Rule”) is published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, together with other Federal Departments and Agencies. The Common Rule was revised most recently in 2018.


Click here for the full Revised Common Rule.