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Should Local Research Ethics Committees Monitor Research they have Approved?

Cave (née Pickworth), E.

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The function of local research ethics committees is to consider the ethics of research proposals using human participants. After approval has been given, there is no comprehensive system in place to monitor research and ensure that recommendations are carried out. Some suggest that research ethics committees are ideally placed to fulfil this function by carrying out random monitoring of research they have reviewed. The health service guideline creating local research ethics committees is under review.1 This paper suggests that increasing the monitoring role of ethics committees in the present climate would be inappropriate. This is due to the large workload of the committees, their voluntary nature and the change a monitoring role might cause to the relationship between researcher and ethics committee, which might herald an increasing recourse to judicial review. A radical overhaul of the system would be necessary in order for ethics committees adequately to fulfil a monitoring function.

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Cave (née Pickworth), E. (2000). Should Local Research Ethics Committees Monitor Research they have Approved?. Journal of Medical Ethics, 26(5), 330-333. https://doi.org/10.1136/jme.26.5.330

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 1, 2000
Deposit Date Jan 2, 2015
Publicly Available Date Mar 17, 2015
Journal Journal of Medical Ethics
Print ISSN 0306-6800
Electronic ISSN 1473-4257
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 5
Pages 330-333
DOI https://doi.org/10.1136/jme.26.5.330

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This article has been accepted for publication in Journal of Medical Ethics. The definitive copyedited, typeset version Cave (née Pickworth), Emma (2002) 'Should local research ethics committees monitor research they have approved?', Journal of medical ethics, 26 (5): 330-333 is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jme.26.5.330







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