Research ethics committees: The role of ethics in a regulatory authority

S. McGuinness*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper is an examination of how research ethics committees have evolved from being advisory committees to more formal regulatory authorities. It is argued that the role of ethics committees should be broader than simple ethical review. Inconsistency in outcome should not be taken to signal failure. Procedural fairness is of the utmost importance. Nor should ethics committees be seen to diminish the ethical responsibilities of researchers themselves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)695-700
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2008

Structured keywords

  • LAW Centre for Health Law and Society


  • Research Ethics Committees

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