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Ethics committees: Current research ethics forms are an over-reaction that will stifle research

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7543.730 (Published 23 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:730
  1. David Oliver, senior lecturer, elderly care medicine (D.Oliver@reading.ac.uk)
  1. University of Reading, Institute of Health Sciences, Reading RG6 1HY

    EDITOR—I was grateful to read Masterton's experiences of local research ethics committees.1 The current state of affairs has been brought about in response to the Data Protection Act and by a probable overreaction to the Alder Hey affair. However, such is the bureaucratic minefield that any researcher must now traverse to seek …

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