Introduction and overview of regulations

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Identify the key features of the US federal regulations for human subjects research
  • Identify the types of research that are subject to the Common Rule
  • List six criteria that must be satisfied for institutional review board approval prior to a study
  • Describe how you would evaluate and optimize risks and benefits for a study in your research area
  • Identify five important ways to discuss benefits and risks with study participants.

Written by:

Bernard Lo

Biography :

Bernard Lo is professor of medicine emeritus at UCSF and president of the Greenwall Foundation.


Accreditor credit Accreditation statement
BMJ Learning 1 credit, 1:00 hour BMJ Learning has assigned one hour of credit to this module
BMJ and UCSF 4 credits, 4:00 hours The BMJ and UCSF have assigned 4 hours of credit to this module.

Release date

02 Mar 2016

Last updated

02 Mar 2016