Ethics review of human research is to assure that research subjects’ health, dignity, rights and welfare be protected, a tenet reiterated in the Declaration of Helsinki and Belmont Report. Being one of the stakeholders in this modern world, someway or another, we cannot totally excuse ourselves not to know anything about the ethical issues of human research. The series of the books, iEthic, provide such an opportunity to meet that need.
David G. Forster, JD, MA, CIP, has served the Western IRB (WIRB) since 1996 and is currently the Chief Compliance Officer for the five IRBs in the WIRB-Copernicus Group (WCG). Mr. Forster co-chairs the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) Sub-Committee on Harmonization. He previously served a four-year term as a member of SACHRP, and was previously a member of the SACHRP Sub-Committee on Inclusion of Individuals with Impaired Decision-Making in Research. He also served on the World Health Organization Quality Management and Evaluation Advisory Committee. A strong advocate for human subject protections, Mr. Forster also serves on the Certified IRB Professional Council, and plays an active role in the Harvard Multiregional Clinical Trials Work Group. Mr. Forster has a law degree and a Masters in Medical Ethics from the University of Washington.