Protecting subjects without hampering research progress: Guidance from the office for human research protections
Bernard A. Schwetz, DVM, PhD
Director, Office for Human Research Protections, US Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
Correspondence: Bernard A. Schwetz, DVM, PhD, Director, Office for Human Research Protections, 1101 Woolton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852; email@example.com
Dr. Schwetz reported that he has no financial interests, relationships, or affiliations that pose a potential conflict of interest with this article.
The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) within the US Department of Health and Human Services aims to protect human research subjects without hampering scientific progress. Institutions can foster safe and efficient research by guarding against conflicts of interest, making research subject safety a priority, having a well-staffed institutional review board, and continually training new investigators. The OHRP provides education on its Web site (www.hhs.gov/ohrp) and is available to make site visits to offer guidance on federal regulations.