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Unraveling ethics : illuminating the moral dilemmas of research ethics (Journal: Christine Halse & Anne Honey 2005,)0

Posted by Admin in on May 27, 2015

JOURNAL: Halse, C., & Honey, A. (2005), Unraveling ethics : illuminating the moral dilemmas of research ethics, Signs : journal of women in culture and society, Vol. 30, no. 4 (Summer 2005), pp. 2141-2162

“This essay offers a critical, reflective analysis of some of the sticky moral questions that can entangle feminist researchers as they work to transform a research proposal into an application for ethics committee approval. We write not as philosophers or ethicists but as feminist social scientists reflecting on our struggle to do ethical research and to be ethical researchers in an environment governed by a regulatory model of research ethics. Our story is constructed as two intersecting narratives. In the first section of our essay, “A Narrative about Ethics,” we relate our account of how ethical theory plays out in the real world, drawing on our experience of preparing the ethics applications for an interview study with “anorexic” teenage girls and our struggles with two pillars of research ethics policy: defining the research population and eliciting informed consent.1 In the second section of our essay, “Ethics in Our Narrative,” we tease out the implications of the research ethics approval process for the people who participate in research and for those who desire to be ethical and moral researchers.”


Ethical research involving children0

Posted by Admin in on May 24, 2015

“ERIC aims to assist researchers and the research community to understand, plan and conduct ethical research involving children and young people in any geographical, social, cultural or methodological context.

ERIC is motivated by a shared international concern that the human dignity of children is honoured and their rights and wellbeing are respected in all research, regardless of context. The critically important element in achieving this is YOU – your attitudes, values, beliefs, assumptions and practice – since these ultimately shape the research experience for children much more than any written procedures or checklist.”

The Concordat to Support Research Integrity – Universities UK0

Posted by Admin in on May 23, 2015

UK research integrity statement of principles produced by Universities UK. Initial signatories to the document were: Department for Employment and Learning; Higher Education Funding Council for England; Higher Education Funding Council for Wales; National Institute for Health Research; Research Councils UK; Scottish Funding Council; Universities UK; Wellcome Trust. A list of the current signatories can be accessed from:

The foreword of The Concordant is by the UK Minister for Universities and Science.

In the summary of commitments section – ”This concordat seeks to provide a comprehensive national framework for good research conduct and its governance. As signatories to and supporters of the concordat to support research integrity, we are committed to:

  • maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research
  • ensuring that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards supporting a research environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity and based on good governance, best practice and support for the development of researchers
  • using transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise
  • working together to strengthen the integrity of research and to reviewing progress regularly and openly”

Clinical trial resources – Therapeutic Goods Administration0

Posted by Admin in on May 23, 2015

The TGA has brought together a number of essential resources for trial sponsors, institutions, administrators and review bodies. Institutions should decide whether to direct researchers to this site or to produce reference material (see as the GUREM see below) that references the material. Also on this page are TGA forms (such as the CTN/CTX forms and notes on Australia’s implementation of international standards (such as the Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice (CPMP/ICH/135/95)).