Ethical Review Process

Introduction

Outline of subsections

• Background and History >

This subsection provides some historical perspective on the development of imperatives to safeguard the rights of participants in medical and social science research context.

• ESRC Requirements >

This subsection summarises the ESRC's Research Ethics Framework (REF) initiative with particular reference to requirements for Social Science Research Ethics Committees. The section is based on the ESRC's Research Ethics Framework (REF) document.

• University Research Ethics Committees >

This subsection provides information concerning the ethical review requirements which researchers are likely to encounter in seeking permission for research work. The section is based on the general requirements of the ESRC.

• NHS Research Ethics Committees >

This subsection sets out some general information for academics seeking permission from NHS RECs. The section includes links to external sights giving information on NHS review processes and advice for applicants.

• Critiques >

The final subsection reviews a variety of critiques which have been made of the ESRC's research ethics committee model.

 

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