Protection of the human research participant: A structured review

L Roets


The history of health research, and concerns about the protection of human participants, dates back as far as the 1800s. The regulation, legislation and ethics-review requirements regarding the protection of the human research participants cause lively debates among researchers and scientists. The objective of this article is to share the findings of a structured review that was aimed at investigating the impact of and challenges with regard to the legislation, governance and research regulations aimed at protecting human research participants. The thematic analysis of the findings revealed dissatisfaction with diverse operational practices; different legislation and regulation practices; and institutional governance. Simplified and universally agreed-upon regulations and operational practices are needed, as is a common understanding of all concepts relating to ethical research conduct.

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L Roets, Department of Health Studies, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria

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Human research participant; Research ethics; Ethics review; Research ethics regulation

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South African Medical Journal 2017;107(10):847-853. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2017.v107i10.12533

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Date submitted: 2017-09-22
Date published: 2017-09-22

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