Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
On November 24, 2009, the President established the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Commission) to advise him on bioethical issues generated by novel and emerging research in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology. The Commission is charged to identify and promote policies and practices that assure ethically responsible conduct of scientific research, healthcare delivery, and technological innovation. In undertaking these duties, the Commission seeks to identify and examine specific bioethical, legal, and social issues related to potential scientific and technological advances; examine diverse perspectives and possibilities for international collaboration on these issues; and recommend legal, regulatory, or policy actions as appropriate.
On October 1, 2010, the U.S. Government disclosed that it had supported research on sexually transmitted diseases in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948 involving the intentional infection of vulnerable human populations. In response, President Barack Obama directed the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Commission) to “oversee a thorough fact-finding investigation into the specifics” of the U.S. Public Health Service supported research, and to conduct a review of current human subjects protection “to determine if Federal regulations and international standards adequately guard the health and well-being of participants in scientific studies supported by the Federal Government.” The President asked specifically for assurance “that current rules for research participants protect people from harm or unethical treatment, domestically as well as internationally.” President Obama directed the Commission to consult with its counterparts in the global community and to seek the insight of international experts as part of its work on contemporary protections for human subjects of research. The Commission
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