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The National Catholic Bioethics Center
The NCBC Comments on Human Subject Research
Wednesday, January 06, 2016 3:00:00 PM
© 2017 by The National Catholic Bioethics Center


The NCBC Comments on Human Subject Research



January 6, 2016


In order to advocate for the protection of human subjects in biomedical research, the NCBC has filed public comment concerning the revisions proposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Common Rule. The Common Rule initially was promulgated in 1991 for the protection of human subjects in biomedical research.  The NCBC provided comment in support of  the revised definition of human subject, to cover research with biospecimens not initially identified for research purposes when gathered from persons, thus historically not being subject to informed consent rules.  In this way the use in research of any reproductive tissue specimens, such as sperm or ova, would require the informed consent from those from whom they were collected.  Furthermore, the NCBC commented on the need for the research protocols, which require a subject not to get pregnant during the research period or beyond, to allow for abstinence as an alternative to often mandated contraception.


For more details on this issue, read the full commentary, 
HERE