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Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)

International Issues

OHRP provides quality improvement consultation and research ethics training to domestic and foreign institutions involved in international biomedical and behavioral research. These services help ensure that recognized ethical protections are afforded to persons participating in research conducted in countries outside the United States.

Ethical Codes

Regulatory Standards

Compilation of National Policies

  • The International Compilation of Human Subject Research Protections is a listing of the laws, regulations, and guidelines that govern human subjects research in many countries around the world.

    Disclaimer: Though this Compilation contains information of a legal nature, it has been developed for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or opinions as to the current operative laws, regulations, or guidelines of any jurisdiction. In addition, because new laws, regulations, and guidelines are issued on a continuing basis, this Compilation is not an exhaustive source of all current applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines relating to international human subject research protections. While reasonable efforts have been made to assure the accuracy and completeness of the information provided, researchers and other individuals should check with local authorities and/or research ethics committees before starting research activities.

Equivalent Protections

  • July 7, 2006 Notice on Interpretation of Assurance Requirements [PDF - 57.2KB]
  • Federal Register Notice Soliciting Public Comment on Recommendations of HHS Workgroup [PDF - 69.6KB]
  • HHS Workgroup Report [PDF - 134KB]
    • Appendix [PDF - 66.8KB]

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Last revised: November 19, 2008


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