There is a paradox in the ethics review (IRB) system.
On the one hand, we have conscientious IRB members and responsive scientists and scholars, all doing their best to protect subjects and conduct responsible research. In practice, the process too often falls short of our hopes.
What can be done?
There is much that we can do. This website once emphasized the difficulties in ethics review. I now believe that it is more productive to focus on areas of common ground where we all, IRB members, scientists, and scholars alike, can join to help the system work better.
This vision for change is presented in a new website, Balanced Ethics Review. Please visit.