Informed consent in medical research: the ethics committee's view

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7128.392b (Published 31 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:392
  1. E M Barker, Chairpersona
  1. a Bioethics Reference Group, University of Natal, Faculty of Medicine, Private Bag 7, Congella 4013, South Africa

    Editor—Although, owing to circumstances beyond my control, considerable time has elapsed since the publication of clusters of letters commenting on the subject of informed consent in research,1 2 I would still like to draw readers' attention to certain information on the granting of ethical approval by the Research Ethics Committee of the University of Natal for the study of Bhagwanjee et al.3 While several of your correspondents seemed, either directly or by implication, to agree with the ethics committee's decision,1 many others took issue with the decision on the basis of philosophical …

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