Participant Bill of Rights

As a research participant, you have the right to:

  • Be free of pressure from anyone else when deciding if you wish to take part in a study
  • Make up your mind about taking part in a study without being rushed
  • Be told what question, topic, or issue is being studied
  • Be told what will happen and what the procedures are
  • Be told about the potential risks or discomforts, if any, of the research
  • Be told if you can expect any benefit from taking part and, if so, what the benefit might be
  • Be told if there will be no direct benefit to you
  • Ask questions about the study at any time before, during or after the study
  • Be told what medical care is available if you have any problems or injuries resulting from the study
  • Refuse to take part in the study
  • Quit after the study starts, without any penalty
  • Receive a copy of your Informed Consent Form to keep

Do you have a question, concern or complaint about your involvement in a research study or your rights as a research participant? If so, please feel free to contact the IRB confidentially. You may call us at (404) 712-0720 or toll-free at (877) 503-9797, or e-mail us.

All communications will be confidential.