This interesting paper (available on a Creative Commons basis) published in March 2021, looks at the reasons why health service research ethics committees in Australia reject applications. This analysis is useful for researchers planning to submit to a health service’s HREC, as well as to anyone associated with those committees to reflect upon whether these are appropriate reasons to block a project and whether specific guidance material should be available to applicants to identify in advance if they will encounter problems.
Audit, health services research, research ethics, ethics committees, ethical review process
Brandenburg C., Thorning S., Ruthenberg C. (2021) What are the most common reasons for return of ethics submissions? An audit of an Australian health service ethics committee. Research Ethics. 2021;17(3):346-358. doi:10.1177/1747016121999935
Publisher (Open Access): https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1747016121999935