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Local research ethics committees

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 09 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1570
  1. Hugh Tunstall-Pedoe*
  1. *Director Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit, University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee DD1 9SY

    Local committees have strengths too

    EDITOR,--Anyone familiar with observer variation in measurement, the psychology of committees, or lunacy in the law courts would predict disagreement between research ethics committees. K G M M Alberti implies that common forms, central direction, and training will help,1 but differences will remain. Is conformity the priority? If so, why have local committees?

    The idea that research done in a community should be approved locally by a committee of medical and lay members is changing …

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