EPA research is conducted in compliance with federal regulations and best practices in ethics. The primary regulation that governs human subjects research at EPA is 40 CFR Part 26 Subpart A. It is known as the "Common Rule" because 18 federal departments and agencies have agreed to hold this regulation "in common."
- US Dept. of Health & Human Services - Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects ('Common Rule')
For information about EPA’s protection of humans as test subjects in research, please visit:
Additionally, specific information about EPA’s protection of humans in pesticide research, is also available: