Local ethics committees and specialised research

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7561.261 (Published 27 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:261
  1. Dania Qatarneh (daniaq@doctors.org.uk), senior house officer in ophthalmology,
  2. Shahram Kashani, senior house officer in ophthalmology
  1. Whipps Cross University Hospital, Leytonstone, London E11 1NR
  2. Whipps Cross University Hospital, Leytonstone, London E11 1NR

    EDITOR—In the mid-1960s a report by the Royal College of Physicians proposed setting up committees to consider the ethics of clinical research studies.1 Although most doctors find the process of applying for research ethics approval taxing,2 and its processing even more overwhelming,3 they would also agree that independent assessment of a research project is an essential part of performing research.

    Local research ethics committees have …

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