A new emergency review tool to help research ethics review during public health emergencies

Jun 07, 2010

A new emergency review tool will help research ethics boards and institutions to expedite research while respecting the procedures of ethics reviews, states an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Pandemic (H1N1) 2009, which focused international attention on for public health threats, highlighted the need for timely research. However, there are challenges to combining speed and flexibility with intense scrutiny in conventional research ethics reviews. The (WHO) recently held a special technical consultation on research ethics in infectious disease outbreaks following international requests for guidance from research ethics committees.

"We propose a new framework to guide departures from normal research ethics review during emergencies," writes Catherine Tansey, University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital, with her coauthors. "It will be a combination of increased diligence with enhanced procedural flexibility in proportion to risks and circumstances."

The authors conclude that the emergency review may also be a useful model to improve procedures in research ethics review.

Explore further: Continued reliance on Windows XP in physician practices may threaten data security

More information: www.cmaj.ca/cgi/doi/10.1503/cmaj.090976

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Human Tissue Act may have helped research, says study

Sep 01, 2009

Fears that medical research using tissue such as blood or material from biopsies would be obstructed by the Human Tissue Act 2004 may have been unfounded, a new study from the University of Leicester reveals.

Nanoethics -- The watchdog of a new technology?

Jun 21, 2007

The field of nanotechnology is broad and has the potential to be used in a wide range of industries and fields, but the question is whether it is a good investment. Will it solve fundamental social problems that assure a ...

Recommended for you

What are the chances that your dad isn't your dad?

11 hours ago

How confident are you that the man you call dad is really your biological father? If you believe some of the most commonly-quoted figures, you could be forgiven for not being very confident at all. But how ...

New technology that is revealing the science of chewing

Apr 15, 2014

CSIRO's 3D mastication modelling, demonstrated for the first time in Melbourne today, is starting to provide researchers with new understanding of how to reduce salt, sugar and fat in food products, as well ...

After skin cancer, removable model replaces real ear

Apr 11, 2014

(HealthDay)—During his 10-year struggle with basal cell carcinoma, Henry Fiorentini emerged minus his right ear, and minus the hearing that goes with it. The good news: Today, the 56-year-old IT programmer ...

Italy scraps ban on donor-assisted reproduction

Apr 09, 2014

Italy's Constitutional Court on Wednesday struck down a Catholic Church-backed ban against assisted reproduction with sperm or egg donors that has forced thousands of sterile couples to seek help abroad.

User comments : 0

More news stories

Down's chromosome cause genome-wide disruption

The extra copy of Chromosome 21 that causes Down's syndrome throws a spanner into the workings of all the other chromosomes as well, said a study published Wednesday that surprised its authors.

Researchers see hospitalization records as additional tool

Comparing hospitalization records with data reported to local boards of health presents a more accurate way to monitor how well communities track disease outbreaks, according to a paper published April 16 in the journal PLOS ON ...

Ebola virus in Africa outbreak is a new strain

The Ebola virus that has killed scores of people in Guinea this year is a new strain—evidence that the disease did not spread there from outbreaks in some other African nations, scientists report.