In April 2020, the APSA Council approved the Principles and Guidance document submitted by the Ad Hoc Committee on Human Subjects Research. In 2017 the committee was charged with identifying broad principles of ethics relating to research on human subjects that can guide individual scholars in the design and practice of their research and informing institutional review boards about current standards and practices in Political Science research.
After receiving member and organized section feedback, and recommendations and comments from the APSA Committee on Professional Ethics Rights and Freedoms, the ad hoc committee updated the draft principles and guidance document. The revised document was then submitted to the APSA council for review and approval at the 2020 Spring Council Meeting. On April 4, 2020, the council approved the revised human subjects research principles and guidance document.