AHRP Replies to OHRP Response re Surrogate Consent (ARDS Study)

Thank you for your considered response to our July 29 letter to the director of the Office of Human Research Protection.

We are astonished to learn that OHRP found that all 12 major research institutions involved in this multi-site trial had violated Federal protections (45 CFR 46.117):

(a) "in all cases OHRP found that the informed consent documents approved by the institutional review boards (IRBs) for the research failed to describe adequately the reasonably foreseeable risks and discomforts of the research."