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Ethics in Research

The following resources from ASHA, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other sources provide information on ethical guidelines, human subject protection, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process, and more.

ASHA Resources on Research Ethics

ASHA Code of Ethics

View ASHA Code of Ethics sections specifically related to research.

ASHA Board of Ethics Issue Statements

ASHA Committee on Research Integrity and Publication Practices, Guidelines for the Responsible Conduct of Research: Ethics and the Publication Process

Research Integrity Supplement, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (JSLHR), February 2011
A supplement issue focusing on the responsibility of both scientists and institutions to establish and uphold ethical standards and practices in the conduct of research, and the necessity for education about the responsible conduct of research.

Protection of Human Subjects

The bases for human subject protection:

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research (OER), Research Involving Human Subjects

Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP)

Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Research Integrity
HHS policies, regulations, information on research misconduct, conferences, publications, and more

  • The Lab, an interactive movie on research misconduct

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Guidance for Institutional Review Boards and Clinical Investigators
FDA’s current thinking on protection of human subjects in research

World Health Organization (WHO) Ethical standards and procedures for research with human beings
Guidelines, regional activities, and more

General Information on Research Ethics

Research Ethics Blog
Human Subjects Research Ethics blog
The American Journal of Bioethics blog

Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R)
Information on ethical and regulatory issues affecting research, and access to certification, networking, and professional development resources

On Being A Scientist: Responsible Conduct In Research
eBook from the National Academies Press

webGURU, Northeastern University
Information for undergraduates on professionalism and considerations in the lab

Ethics CORE, National Center for Professional & Research Ethics
Educational materials, scholarly articles, and more

ASHA Corporate Partners