Taking Failure Seriously

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Failure in health research regulation is nothing new. Indeed, the regulation of clinical trials was developed in response to the Thalidomide scandal, which occurred some 50 years ago. Yet, health research regulation is at the centre of recent failures. In this chapter, I use health research regulation for medical devices to look at the regulatory framing of harm through the language of technological risk, i.e. relating to safety. My overall argument is that reliance on this narrow discourse of technological risk in the regulatory framing of harm may marginalise stakeholder knowledges of harm to produce a limited knowledge base. The latter may underlie harm, and in turn lead to the construction of failure.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCambridge Handbook of Health Research Regulation
EditorsGraeme Laurie, Ted Dove, Nayha Sethi, Annie Sorbie
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2021


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