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Children as Research Subjects

A study is considered to include children when a person who is under the age of majority participates in a Human Research study through interaction or intervention with the research team, or collection of a child’s identifiable data.

A child subject engaged in a study at a site or location in Pennsylvania would include anyone who is 17 years of age or younger. If you are conducting research in a state or states other than Pennsylvania, please check the local and state laws regarding age of majority as they do vary from state to state.

Investigators must provide protocol specific justification to the IRB so that the IRB may make a determination that the enrollment of children in the research is justified.