Coast Guard operations involve a complex combination of personnel
proficiencies, equipment systems, infrastructure, and doctrine.
Increasingly, the Coast Guard must engage in necessary research activities
to support the development and implementation of new operational systems and
to ensure the safety of members as they serve in challenging operational
Support from all echelons is required to maintain the highest standards of
research conduct and to ensure for the ethical treatment and well-being of
personnel participating in research projects. COMDTINST M6500.1
all research activities to ensure the protection of human subjects as
indicated under DHS requirements. For this purpose, the CG uses the ethical
principles outlined in the Belmont Report, “Ethical Principles and
Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research,” as the
foundation for its human research protection program.
COMDTINST M6500.1 ensures that the rights, welfare, interests, privacy,
confidentiality, and safety of human subjects is held paramount at all times
and that all research projects will be conducted in a manner that avoids all
unnecessary physical or psychological discomfort, and economic, social, or
The Human Research Protection program applies to:
- All research (e.g., biomedical, social-behavioral, human systems
integration, technology/ infrastructure test and development, or survey)
involving human subjects conducted by CG activities or personnel,
involving CG personnel and CG employees as research subjects or
supported by CG activities through any agreement (e.g. contract, grant,
cooperative agreement, or other arrangement) regardless of the source of
funding, funding appropriation, nature of support, performance site, or
security classification. It also applies to human subject research using
CG property, facilities, or assets.
- Human subject research conducted in the development, testing or
evaluation of any item, system, vehicle, aircraft, piece of equipment,
or other materiel, even if a person is not the direct object of the
research (e.g., training exercises associated with the testing of
personal protective equipment when worn by a person).