Our mission is not necessarily one of evaluating what does or does not constitute scientific merit but to assure that the participants are treated as individuals with respect for their rights. When more than minimal risk is involved to the participants, scientific merit will be questioned.
Three basic ethical principles are particularly relevant to the protection of human subjects in biomedical and behavioral research:
- Respect for persons: recognition of the personal dignity and autonomy of individuals and special protection of those persons with diminished autonomy
- Beneficence: obligation to protect persons from harm by maximizing anticipated benefits and minimizing possible risks of harm
- Justice: fairness in the distribution of research benefits and burdens
Read the WSU Guidelines for further information pertaining to the policies and procedures used for the use of human subjects in research.