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However, as anyone who has served on an IRB knows, the language of weighing risks and benefits in biomedical research is largely metaphorical. What kind of scientificcalculation can be used to determine whether the risks of toxicity to a small number of subjects in a phase 1drug trial are outweighed by the potential benefits to future patients, if the drug actually becomes approved for marketing? What sort of weighing is involved in the approval of a placebo-controlled clinical trial when the drug under study is only a slight modification from existing drugs to treat the same condition?

The researcher's anger at the IRB was heightened by his contention that the methodology would be seriously compromised if deception of subjects were not allowed and his belief that the benefits to be gained IS ETHICS UNIVERSAL? 37 from the study were so great that they could justify deceiving the subjects. For its psi-t, the IRB used a high ethical standard both in rejecting deception and in assessing the risk-benefit ratio, a standard that went beyond what the regulations minimally require. It is not only the informed consent requirements, but also the use of riskbenefit assessments that is questioned by some social scientists.

The procedural requirement of written, signed consent forms is just that-a procedural requirement. It is not a substitute for the consent process, and there may be ethically sound reasons for waiving this procedural requirement. One obvious reason is that the presence of a signed consent form places the subjects at risk. 5 In places where abortion is illegal, the existence of a signed consent form in abortion research reveals the fact that the woman had an abortion. 6 If the very existence of signed consent forms places subjects at risk of psychological, social, or legal harm, then it is not only ethically permissible, but ethically desirable to forgo signed consent forms.

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