Commission requests public comment on human subjects protection in scientific research studies

March 2, 2011
The Commission is requesting public comment on the Federal and international standards for protecting the health and well-being of participants in scientific studies by the Federal Government.
President Obama asked the Commission to investigate this topic following revelations that the U.S. Public Health Service supported research on sexually transmitted diseases in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948 involving the intentional infection of vulnerable populations.
The Commission invites interested parties to provide input and advice through written comments. Please send comments by e-mail to or by mail to the following address:
Public Commentary
The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues
1425 New York Ave. NW, Ste. C–100
Washington, DC 20005
Comments will be publicly available, including any personally identifiable or confidential business information that they contain. Trade secrets should not be submitted.

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