Evolving power dynamics in an unconventional, powerless ethics committee

TitleEvolving power dynamics in an unconventional, powerless ethics committee
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsTolich, M, Marlowe, J
JournalResearch Ethics
Date Published2017
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsethics , market , New , powerlessness , research
AbstractA previous research ethics article by the authors provided evidence to support the claim that the New Zealand Ethics Committee (NZEC) was a powerless ethics committee. Ethics review applicants were not formally obliged to seek ethics review, and any committee recommendations were given on a 'take it or leave it' basis. One year later, the capacity of applications has doubled, and NZEC finds its core assumptions challenged as funders and government agencies now compel contracted researchers to make use of this free service. Moreover, NZEC has expanded into research areas inhabited by market researchers, long shy of ethics review. Review requirements and remit expansion challenges some, but not all, aspects of NZEC's assumption of powerlessness as NZEC remains committed to research ethics, not research governance, and it adheres to the principles of the New Brunswick Declaration to respect applicants the same way it expects applicants to respect participants. This annual survey of applicants makes NZEC accountable to its applicants, providing evidence once more that NZEC's expeditious and cordial review of applications is considered different from traditional ethics review. 
NotesTolich, Martin 1; Email Address: martin.tolich@otago.ac.nz Marlowe, Jay 2; Affiliation: 1: University of Otago, New Zealand 2: University of Auckland, New Zealand; Source Info: Jan2017, Vol. 13 Issue 1, p42; Subject Term: ETHICS committees; Subject Term: RESEARCH ethics; Subject Term: RESEARCH methodology evaluation; Subject Term: RESEARCH implementation; Subject Term: RESEARCH management; Author-Supplied Keyword: ethics committees; Author-Supplied Keyword: market research; Author-Supplied Keyword: New Zealand; Author-Supplied Keyword: powerlessness; Author-Supplied Keyword: research ethics; Number of Pages: 11p; Document Type: Article