Possible Risks of Participation
The ethical and legal codes that govern medical practice also apply to clinical trials. In addition, most clinical research is federally regulated with built in safeguards to protect the participants. The trial follows a carefully controlled protocol, a study plan which details what researchers will do in the study. As a clinical trial progresses, researchers report the results of the trial at scientific meetings, to medical journals, and to various government agencies. Individual participants’ names will remain secret and will not be mentioned in these reports (Courtesy of www.CISCRP.org).
Additionally, each site is closely regulated by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) made up of a panel of medical professionals. The IRB makes sure processes are ethical and legal.