The Association of American Medical Colleges has posted the report of the November 2006 "National Conference on Alternative IRB Models." The 53-page report's findings concerning social and behavioral research consist of a single sentence: "Finally, participants observed that social and behavioral research has not been widely discussed during this conference and deserves further exploration."
This is probably not much of a loss, since the various alternatives studied at the conference appear irrelevant to social and behavioral research. But the comment does continue a long tradition of promises that the methods, ethics, and needs of social scientists will get the attention they deserve . . . someday.