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Better mechanisms are needed to oversee HREC reviews


Eckstein, LG and McWhirter, R and Stewart, C, Better mechanisms are needed to oversee HREC reviews, Public Health Ethics, 15, (2) pp. 200-203. ISSN 1754-9973 (2022) [Review Single Work]

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Hawe et al. raise concerns about Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) taking a risk-averse and litigation sensitive approach to ethical review of research proposals. HRECs are tasked with reviewing proposals for compliance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research for the purpose of promoting the welfare of participants. While these guidelines intentionally include a significant degree of discretion in HREC decision making, there is also evidence that HRECs sometimes request changes that go beyond the guidance provided by the National Statement. When HRECs request changes outside their remit, inconsistencies between individual HRECs become more common, contributing to delays in ethical review and reducing the quality of HREC decision making. Improvements to the HREC regulatory system are needed to promote transparency and accountability.

Item Details

Item Type:Review Single Work
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Applied ethics
Research Field:Bioethics
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies
UTAS Author:Eckstein, LG (Dr Lisa Eckstein)
UTAS Author:McWhirter, R (Dr Rebekah McWhirter)
UTAS Author:Stewart, C (Professor Cameron Stewart)
ID Code:154788
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2023-01-09
Last Modified:2023-01-19

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