Glossary of Lay Terms - This is not an exhaustive list of medical terminology; however, the purpose of this glossary is to help the writers of consent forms with common terms or explaining medical terminology to the lay person in research studies. 

Ethical Principles and Codes

Federal Regulations for Institutional Review Boards and Investigators

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)


Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH)

International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

Medicare and Research

Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP)

Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA)

Other Federal Resources