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Fertility docs said their study didn’t need ethics review. An investigation said they were wrong – Retraction Watch (Andrew P. Han | September 2017)

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Fertility docs said their study didn’t need ethics review. An investigation said they were wrong – Retraction Watch (Andrew P. Han | September 2017)

 


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A journal is retracting a paper on the relative merits of one fertility procedure compared to another because the study never received ethical review or approval.

Another 'good' example of failure to obtain ethical clearance becoming a research integrity matter.

In the paper, “Intracytoplasmic morphologically selected sperm injection versus conventional intracytoplasmic sperm injection: a randomized controlled trial,” originally published Aug. 27, 2015 in Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, the authors wrote:
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……“The Local Ethical Committee approval was not required because the procedure was commonly employed in the clinical practice.
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