Attitude of their members is the critical factorBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7019.1571b (Published 09 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1571
- Hugh Dudley, Chairman
- independent ethics committee Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment, Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 0JQ
EDITOR,--I agree with the subtitle of K G M M Alberti's editorial on local research ethics committees—it is “time to grab several bulls by the horns.”1 Before the profession and others can do so, however, we need to be much more precise about our thinking.
Firstly, in Editor's choice the BMJ's editor is guilty of a basic semantic error: those who are asked to look at issues of experiment on humans are not members of “ethical committees” in …