Yesterday I had the pleasure of joining Jerry Menikoff of OHRP and Kathy Hudson of NIH on an episode of the Kojo Nnamdi Show entitled, "Rethinking the "Common Rule": The Ethics of Research with Human Subjects." We received many thoughtful, informed comments and questions.
I don't think any of us said anything that will surprise those who have followed the ANPRM debate closely, but I was pleased to hear Dr. Hudson concede that "The level to which current IRB protections actually protect participants is a somewhat understudied area. And I would hope that as we put these new rules in place that we can actually try to measure how effective they are in protecting participants in research."
In other words, after 45 years of imposing IRB review on researchers, we might begin asking if it does any good.
The audio recording and a transcript are now online at the link above.