The Juvenile Justice Professional's Guide to
Human Subjects Protection and the IRB Process
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Responsibility for Protecting Human Subjects
Responsibilies of the IRB
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The responsibility for protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research is shared by the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the principal investigator (researcher), data lending agencies, and the organization with which the researcher is affiliated. While the IRB serves as a regulatory committee, its functions include facilitating cooperation, on-going discussion, and feedback among all responsible parties. The IRB process enables researchers to produce results that can potentially benefit society while ensuring that the risk of harm to human research participants is minimized.

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