The history of research, including research in Canada, shows that very serious harms may be suffered by persons taking part in research. The rules are not perfect, and they continue to be refined when tragedies do occur, but prior review and oversight has proved a powerful corrective to make research safer for human subjects. The problem is that these research protections don't apply to everyone doing research on people in Canada -- and they should.
Part-Time Professor, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law; member of its Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics
Gordon DuVal is Part-Time Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and a member of its Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics.
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