Ethics review in research

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7441.710-b (Published 18 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:710

Role of ethics committee review is interpreted widely

  1. Ian L P Beales, clinical senior lecturer (i.beales@uea.ac.uk)
  1. School of Medicine, Health Policy, and Practice, University of East Anglia, Norfolk NR31 6TY

    EDITOR—Hearnshaw and Glasziou and Chalmers highlight the inconsistencies and arbitrary decision making of UK research ethics committees and show that this may delay and suppress clinical research in the United Kingdom.1 2 I recently submitted a study that required six months, countless emails, and submission of 1443 sheets of A4 paper to gain approval …

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