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Webinar: (2020-02) IRB Review of Research Involving Prisoners: Foundational Frameworks and Present Challenges

Prisoners who participate in research are considered a vulnerable population and are afforded additional protections under subpart C of HHS regulations, 45 CFR 46. It’s critical that IRB members understand the historical and ethical basis of the regulations in order to make informed decisions around the challenges and gray areas associated with including individuals who are, or have been, incarcerated in today’s research context. For example, what are the regulatory requirements when a subject becomes incarcerated during the course of the study? Are parolees considered prisoners in the context of research? What types of activities can and cannot be conducted inside a prison, and what requirements and expectations exist around privacy and confidentiality for people who are, or have been, incarcerated? During this webinar, speakers will provide an ethical, regulatory, and historical foundation in order to equip IRB members to address such questions. (Presented on February 20, 2020)


  • Regulatory requirements in subpart C of the Common Rule, IRB membership requirements, and key definitions
  • Historical context and its influence on current regulations and practices
  • Role of the prisoner advocate on the IRB, and strategies and tools to ensure this member’s effectiveness
  • Practical applications: Examples of the kinds of research that may be allowable under Subpart C, and ethical dilemmas when a situation involves a subject whose status as a prisoner is not clear-cut

Learning Objectives

After viewing this webinar, attendees will be able to:
  • Describe the regulatory, ethical, and historical factors that shape the ethical conduct of research with prisoners
  • Apply the regulations in today’s research climate

Who should attend?

This webinar will benefit IRB professionals and members who review research with prisoners.

Continuing Education
Webinar participants holding the Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) credential may apply 1.25 continuing education credits towards CIP recertification. Learn More »

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