The Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments (ACHRE), was created by President Clinton on January 15, 1994 to investigate and report on the use of human beings as subjects of federally funded research using ionizing radiation. ACHRE constructed a gopher site to provide public electronic access to information about its activities. Created by Executive Order and subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the Advisory Committee was obligated to provide public access to its activities, processes and papers. The Advisory Committee believed, however, that the nature of the subject it investigated and the human stories that comprise it placed on it a special responsibility to disseminate as broadly as possible the results of its investigations, the implications of that history for our own time, and its best judgement concerning the rights and responsibilities of those involved.
The National Security Archive obtained the data from the ACHRE gopher when the Advisory Committee was dissolved in October of 1995. The information acquired from the original internet site includes:
- Information about the original ACHRE gopher
- Background of ACHRE, human radiation experiments, government records
- Committee meetings
- ACHRE offices and personnel
- The Interim Report of October 21, 1994
- Glossary, experiment and document collection descriptions, bibliography
- The Final Report
Researchers should note that the data contains references to ACHRE contacts and e-mail addresses that, with the dissolution of the Advisory Committee, no longer exist.
Further questions about ACHRE and documents collected by the Committee should be directed to the National Archives and Records Administration, where the documents have been deposited.
This data was obtained by the National Security Archive with the generous support of the W. Alton Jones Foundation (Charlottesville, VA).
This website mirror has converted 1,014 original text files to html in order to transform the accessibility of the original materials. This conversion project was completed on July 14th, 2014 and is hosted by the Bioethics Research Library at Georgetown University.
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