In planning, conducting and reporting a study, the investigator shall make a careful evaluation of its ethical acceptability, taking into account the following additional principles for research with human subjects.  To the extent that this appraisal, weighing scientific and humane values, suggests a compromise of ethical principles, the investigator shall protect the rights of the research participants.

(1)           Social workers shall obtain authorization from administrative superiors and clients who agree to be subjects in the study.  Social workers shall also acknowledge accurately any other persons who contribute in a scholarly manner to their research in any reports concerning their research, whether published or unpublished.

(2)           An agreement shall be established between the investigator and the research participant clarifying their roles and responsibilities.

(3)           The rights of an individual to decline to participate in or withdraw from the research shall be respected and the participant shall not be penalized for such action.

(4)           The investigator shall inform the participant of all the features of the research that would affect his/her participation in the study.

(5)           Information obtained about the participant during the course of the study shall be confidential unless informed consent for release of information is obtained in advance.

(6)           Research findings shall be presented accurately.  Social workers shall not distort or misrepresent research.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 90B-6; 90B-11;

Eff. March 1, 1994;

Temporary Amendment Eff. October 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. April 1, 2001;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 19, 2015.