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Letters Problems with ethics approval

Principal investigators must take responsibility for ethical problems

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 07 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j822
  1. Ian L P Beales, consultant gastroenterologist
  1. Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich NR4 7UY, UK
  1. ian.beales{at}

Thank you to Mendel and colleagues for bringing the problems with ethics approval to light.1 Research ethics committees often get a bad reputation, but no one would disagree that they have an essential role. As an active clinical investigator in many academic studies and commercially sponsored clinical trials, I have found the processes of review and approval …

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