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Does your research involve human subjects?
- If the research includes human subjects, ensure the IRB application has been fully approved, and for partner institutions as well. Human subjects review at international universities and governmental sign-offs are a long process.
- Human Research regulations/laws abroad. The IRB applies the same ethical and regulatory standards to research conducted abroad as to domestic research and must also ensure that the protections in place are appropriate for the local research context in which the research will be conducted. It is also important to note that investigators must comply with the relevant laws protecting human subjects in the host country and any requirements for local ethical review. Investigators should consider partnering with local researchers in order to ensure understanding of local context and regulations. International regulations can also be found online by navigating to https://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/international/compilation-human-research-standards/.
- Ensure you and all investigators have a clear understanding of cultural and societal norms in the region, ensuring adequate recruitment measures and consent process.
- For more information on UW Madison’s Human Research Protection program visit: https://research.cals.wisc.edu/compliance/human-subjects/.