Ethics regulation is difficult to get right. The protection of human subjects must be balanced against the creation of areas of ignorance, encroachment on academic freedom, a chilling effect on innovation, and paternalist denial of participants’ rights to self-determination…The results are incoherent and unlikely to reduce the mistrust between social scientists and ethics regulators…The new regulation is still vulnerable to Republican plans for further review of all regulations issued in the last six months of the Obama presidency. Social scientists should press the case for the new administration’s deregulatory impulses to apply here. Ethics regulation in the social sciences must be separated out and approached in a more coherent, principled and proportionate fashion.
Nature Human Behavior April 2017 – Read in Full