OAH Home Donate to OAH Join the OAH

Programs & Resources


Advocacy Alert - IRB Exception for Oral History

On January 19 the federal government issued its final rule governing Institutional Review Boards (IRB) which "explicitly removes" oral history and journalism from the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. It was originally promulgated as the "Common Rule" in 1991. The historical community, collaborating through the National Coalition for History, has long argued that scholarly history projects should not be subject to standard IRB procedures since they are designed for the research practices of the sciences. The new rule goes into effect January 19, 2018.

Read the new regulation in the Federal Register.

Posted: February 16, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession, Advocacy