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Research bureaucracy in the United Kingdom: Good governance is needed

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 09 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:623
  1. Woody Caan, professor of public health (
  1. APU, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1SQ

    EDITOR—Transparent ethical scrutiny should come sufficiently early in the “life” of a research project that the design can incorporate the management of any risks to the public. A feeding frenzy for funding opportunities can make it difficult to organise such early scrutiny. The BMJ shows examples of a new problem: the paralysis of research by bureaucracy associated with ethics committees.1 Even …

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