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Wilson, J; Hunter, D; (2010) Research Exceptionalism. American Journal of Bioethics , 10 (8) pp. 45-54. 10.1080/15265161.2010.482630. Green open access


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Research involving human subjects is much more stringently regulated than many other nonresearch activities that appear to be at least as risky. A number of prominent figures now argue that research is overregulated. We argue that the reasons typically offered to justify the present system of research regulation fail to show that research should be subject to more stringent regulation than other equally risky activities. However, there are three often overlooked reasons for thinking that research should be treated as a special case. First, research typically involves the imposition of risk on people who do not benefit from this risk imposition. Second, research depends on public trust. Third, the complexity of the moral decision making required favors ethics committees as a regulative solution for research.

Type: Article
Title: Research Exceptionalism
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2010.482630
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15265161.2010.482630
Language: English
Additional information: This is an electronic version of an article published in American Journal of Bioethics: Wilson, J and Hunter, D (2010) Research Exceptionalism. American Journal of Bioethics , 10 (8) pp. 45-54. American Journal of Bioethics is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=1526-5161&date=2010&volume=10&issue=8&spage=45
Keywords: ethics committees, human subjects research, professional ethics, regulatory issues, research ethics, risk, benefit analysis, CLINICAL-RESEARCH, ETHICS COMMITTEES, UNDUE INDUCEMENT, AUDIT, THREAT, HEALTH, TRIAL
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/121623
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