Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (HSIRB)

Research subjects bill-of-rights

The rights below are the rights of every person who is asked to be in a research study. As an experimental subject you have the following rights:

    1. To be told what the study is trying to find out
    2. To be told what will happen to me and whether any of the procedures, drugs, or devices is different from what would be used in standard practice
    3. To be told about the frequent and/or important risks, side effects, or discomforts of the things that will happen to me for research purposes
    4. To be told if I can expect any benefit from participating, and, if so, what the benefit might be
    5. To be told of the other choices I have and how they may be better or worse than being in the stud
    6. To be allowed to ask any questions concerning the study both before agreeing to be involved and during the course of the study
    7. To be told what sort of medical treatment is available if any complications arise
    8. To refuse to participate at all or to change my mind about participation after the study is started. This decision will not affect my right to receive the care I would receive if I were not in the study
    9. To receive a copy of the signed and dated consent fo
    10. To be free of pressure when considering whether I wish to agree to be in the study
©1996 Regents of the University of California (used with permission)

Questions? Email the research compliance coordinator.

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