Professor Zachary Schrag has recently published a chapter titled "Ethical Pluralism: Scholarly Societies and the Regulation of Research Ethics." The chapter is part of an edited collection titled The Ethics Rupture: Exploring Alternatives to Formal Research-Ethics Review, published by the University of Toronto Press. In the chapter, Schrag considers the following questions:
As we consider alternatives to the present system of ethics review, we must ask how to move the promotion of research ethics beyond the medical orientation identified by researchers in the humanities and social sciences. One possibility would be to find a greater role for professional scholarly associations. Associations know more about the ethics of particular forms of research than do national regulatory bodies. Yet, they generally lack power of enforcement. Shifting greater oversight responsibilities to these associations would mean rebuilding research ethics as a system based on trust.
March 17, 2016