Purdue Today

December 9, 2008

Purdue policies derived from federal regulations

Purdue's policies and procedures are based on regulations defined in the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, informally known as the "Common Rule."

The Common Rule is set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations, 45 CFR 46, and covers all funded research supported by federal departments and agencies that have agreed to adopt the regulations.

"In order to receive federal support for research from one of these departments or agencies, institutions must provide assurance that they will comply with these principles," says Peter Dunn, associate vice president for research.

Dunn adds that Purdue applies the same principles to all human subject research, regardless of the source of funding.

"Purdue has a commitment that is expressed in a variety of different ways to ensure the protection of subjects that participate in all of our research," he says.

The regulations found in 45 CFR 46 are based in large part on the Belmont Report, a statement of basic ethical principles and guidelines created in 1979. The three basic ethical principles established by the report are respect for persons, beneficence and justice.