Research Ethics Boards, or Institutional Review Boards, protect the safety and welfare of human research participants. These bodies are responsible for providing an independent evaluation of proposed research studies, ultimately ensuring that the research does not proceed unless standards and regulations are met.
Concurrent with the growing volume of human participant research, the workload and responsibilities of Research Ethics Boards (REBs) have continued to increase. Dissatisfaction with the review process, particularly the time interval from submission to decision, is common within the research community, but there has been little systematic effort to examine REB processes that may contribute to inefficiencies. We offer a model illustrating REB workflow, stakeholders, and accountabilities.
Better understanding of the components of the research ethics review will allow performance targets to be set, problems identified, and solutions developed, ultimately improving the process.
Research ethics, Research Ethics Boards, Research Ethics Committees, Medical research, Applied ethics, Institutional Review Boards
Page SA and Nyeboer J (2017) Improving the process of research ethics review Research Integrity and Peer Review 2(1) 14.
Publisher (Open access): https://researchintegrityjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s41073-017-0038-7