Evaluation of Research Ethics Committees: Criteria for the Ethical Quality of the Review Process.

TitleEvaluation of Research Ethics Committees: Criteria for the Ethical Quality of the Review Process.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsScherzinger, G, Bobbert, M
JournalAccountability in Research: Policies & Quality Assurance
Pagination152 - 176
Date Published2017/05//
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number08989621
KeywordsClinical , ethics , Medical , META-analysis , Moral , research , Review
AbstractRepeatedly, adequacy, performance and quality of Ethics Committees that oversee medical research trials are being discussed. Although they play a crucial role in reviewing medical research and protecting human subjects, it is far from clear to what degree they fulfill the task they have been assigned to. This eventuates in the call for an evaluation of their activity and, in some places, led to the establishment of accreditation schemes. At the same time, IRBs have become subject of detailed legislation in the process of the ongoing global juridification of medical research. Unsurprisingly, there is a tendency to understand the evaluation of RECs as a question of controlling their legal compliance. This paper discusses the need for a quality evaluation of IRBs from an ethical point of view and, by systematically reviewing the major ethical guidelines for IRBs, proposes a system of criteria that should orientate any evaluation of IRBs.
NotesAccession Number: 121307265; Scherzinger, Gregor 1; Bobbert, Monika 2; Affiliations: 1: Institute of Social Ethics, University of Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland; 2: Seminar of Moral Theology, University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany; Issue Info: 2017, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p152; Thesaurus Term: RESEARCH; Thesaurus Term: REVIEW committees; Subject Term: MORAL & ethical aspects; Subject Term: ETHICS committees; Subject Term: MEDICAL research; Subject Term: META-analysis; Author-Supplied Keyword: Clinical research ethics; ethical deliberation; human subject protection; independent review boards; quality evaluation; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541712 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology); Number of Pages: 25p; Document Type: Article
Short TitleAccountability in Research: Policies & Quality Assurance