Investigation Finds EPA Could Improve Human Study Subject Protection

TitleInvestigation Finds EPA Could Improve Human Study Subject Protection
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsEttinger, J
JournalProfessional Ethics Report
PublisherAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science, Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program
Publication LanguageEnglish
AbstractIn late March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released its findings from an investigation into the agency’s human study subject protections [1]. The investigation was requested by Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Paul Broun, M.D. (R-Ga.), who raised concerns over several EPA studies examining the impact of diesel exhaust emissions on human health. The studies, conducted between 2010 and 2011, further explore the EPA’s claims that diesel exhaust emissions harm human well-being and the environment. New recommendations have been made on how to improve protections for human subjects in the future.