Products and Publications Related to Human Subjects Research
The primary regulation that governs human subjects research at EPA is 40 CFR Part 26, Subpart A. This regulation establishes the regulatory framework for the protection of human subjects in research.
EPA Order 1000.17 A (Policy and Procedures on Protection of Human Subjects) requires that all human subjects research that is conducted or supported by EPA must be reviewed by the Human Subjects Research Review Official (HSRRO). The policy also describes the procedures for review, including those that the HSRRO must use in making their determination of approvability.
The Agency published the Scientific and Ethical Approaches for Observational Exposure Studies (SEAOES) resource document for researchers to consult as they develop and conduct observational controlled exposure studies. This purpose of observational controlled exposure studies is to understand how people come into contact with chemicals and environmental stressors in their everyday lives.