Rebuilding a Research Ethics Committee

TitleRebuilding a Research Ethics Committee
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsBiggs, JSG, Marchesi, A
JournalJournal of Research Administration
Volume44
Issue2
Pagination62-74
Date PublishedSpring2013
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15391590
KeywordsCANBERRA , ethical , ethics , Human , insntutional , Literature , Moral , professional , research , Time
AbstractThe principal ethics committee in Australia's Capital, Canberra, underwent a major revision in the last three years based on changes debated in the literature. Committee or Board structure varies widely; regulations determining minimum size and membership differ between countries. Issues such as the effectiveness of committee management, consumption of paper, timelines for review, and causes of delay were key issues for im.provement. Several new practices were adopted, the first being a subcommittee to manage the review of low or minimal risk projects, successfully relieving the workload of the main committee. Adoption of electronic processes and documentation resulted in less paper, more streamlined review and sharing of applications. Effective time management for meeting schedules, electronic coordination of meeting agenda items and protocol distribution for review successfully reduced delays in reviews. Assigning lead members for all ethical reinews strengthened committee fiinction by sharing out agenda items, allowing committee members to focus on specific protocols. Ready communication with researchers is an intrinsic and highly successfid part of committee practice. There appears to be advantage in central allocation of projects for review, but the local input from boards or committees brings great value. The rebuilding of the ACT committee has improved both process efficiency and relationships with researchers. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]Copyright of Journal of Research Administration is the property of Society of Research Administrators and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
NotesBiggs, John S. G. 1; Email Address: jsgb@homemail.com.au; Marchesi, August 2; Email Address: August.Marchesi@act.gov.au; Affiliations: 1: Chairman, Australian Capital Territory Health Directorate Human Research Ethics Committee Visiting Fellow, Australian National University. ACT Health Human Research Ethics Committee, Building 10 Level 6, Canberra Hospital, Garran ACT 2605, Australia; 2: Ethics Administrator, ACT Government Health Directorate. ACT Health Human Research Ethics Committee, Building 10 Level 6, Canberra Hospital, Garran ACT 2605, Australia; Issue Info: Spring2013, Vol. 44 Issue 1, p62; Thesaurus Term: RESEARCH; Thesaurus Term: PROFESSIONAL ethics; Thesaurus Term: TIME management; Subject Term: MORAL & ethical aspects; Subject Term: LITERATURE; Subject: CANBERRA (A.C.T.); Author-Supplied Keyword: ethical review; Author-Supplied Keyword: ethics committees; Author-Supplied Keyword: human research; Author-Supplied Keyword: insntutional review; Number of Pages: 13p; Document Type: Article

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