The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light, once again, the ongoing issue of racial health inequalities in the United States and around the globe. As the first vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 were being approved for use around the world, scrutiny of medical research and its oversight has highlighted the fact that there is still much to do to resolve the unending epidemic of racism in healthcare and to ensure diversity in clinical trials. Read more


Guest blogger Anthony Peña discusses SACHRP's work to expand upon the role of justice in the Belmont Report. SACHRP’s task is to identify where holes exist in the ethical framework and regulations, and comment on what is needed to respond. Underscored by current events, this is overdue work that needs to result in rapid updates to IRB discourse and operations. Read more


As COVID-19 vaccinations have ramped up, there has been a parallel surge in discussion of the legality, ethics, and practicality of so-called vaccine passports: systems or processes that require COVID-19 vaccination in order to participate in certain activities. On the SBER Network, a PRIM&R Online Community, discussion emerged about whether institutions could mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for those participating in research, what role IRBs might play in that conversation, and the principles we should take into account as we consider the question. Read more