Recruiting Human Subjects for Participation in Research Studies

Advertisement Guidelines

Any advertisement directed at the recruitment of potential human research subjects should be limited to the information that the subject needs to determine his or her eligibility and interest. Per Food and Drug Administration guidelines (FDA Information Sheets for IRBs and Clinical Investigators, 1998 Update), advertisement statements should be limited to:

1) the name of the clinical investigator and/or research facility;

2) the condition under study and/or the purpose of the research;

3) in summary form and laymanís terminology, the criteria that will be used to determine eligibility for the study;

4) a brief list of participation benefits (e.g., a no-cost health examination), if


5) the time or other commitment required of the subject; and

6) the location of the research (if not previously addressed) and the person or office to contact for further information.


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