In Ethics & Human Research, Mark Barnes Analyzes Concerns about IRB Restrictions on Use of Research Data

In The News
November 10, 2020

Health care and life sciences partner Mark Barnes (Boston) is the first author of a peer-reviewed article in Ethics & Human Research on ethical and practical concerns about institutional review board restrictions on use of unethically or illegally collected research data.

The article reviews IRB policies at top U.S. research institutions about restrictions on the use of research data and describes potential reasons for restricting the use of such data in the context of ensuring compliance with human subjects research standards.

The authors also discuss ethical considerations related to restricting the use of research data and argue that IRBs have some measure of implied regulatory authority to take such actions.