All investigators who are conducting research using human participants have the following responsibilities
Prior to beginning participation in research, participants must give their informed consent. Informed consent is obtained by explaining the nature of the research and participation. There are generally EIGHT REQUIRED ELEMENTS OF INFORMED CONSENT that must be conveyed to participants. Click here for more information on informed consent requirements, researcher responsibilities, federal regulations and samples.
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A Principal Investigator (PI) is the individual responsible for carrying out a scientifically sound, ethical research study consistent with the research plans approved by an IRB. The PI must possess the expertise, time and commitment to conduct and provide the necessary oversight for all aspects of the study, and must be willing to accept full responsibility for the study, including the supervision of any co-investigators, research staff and students. Any co-investigator appointed to act on behalf of the principal investigator (acting in the absence of the PI, for example) must meet all institutional requirements to act as a principal investigator. As an integral part of Tufts’ Human Research Protection Program, PIs share in the responsibility for protecting the rights, safety, and welfare of subjects who participate in research.
Tufts IRBs recognize only one principal investigator per human subjects research study. Other individuals may be named co-investigators. In multi-site studies for which Tufts acts as the coordinating institution, the principal investigator assumes the responsibility for the conduct of the study at each performance site and by each site-specific principal investigator.
There are additional responsibilities for the following groups:
For more information, see Tufts policies.