The Belmont Report

Following the public outrage over the Syphilis Study at Tuskegee, Congress established the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research in 1974. The National Commission was charged with:

  1. Identifying the ethical principles to guide all research involving human subjects
  2. Developing guidelines for the conduct of ethical research involving human subjects
Piece of torn paper titled with text: The Belmont Report - Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research. Piece of paper titled with text: The Belmont Report.

In 1979, the National Commission drafted The Belmont Report – Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research.

The Belmont Report identified three principles essential to the ethical conduct of research with humans:

  1. Respect for persons
  2. Beneficence
  3. Justice

These three basic principles serve as the foundation of the current HHS regulations and guidelines for the ethical conduct of human subjects research supported by HHS.