Barriers to Research on Research Ethics Review and Conflicts of Interest

IRB: Ethics & Human Research 35 (5):14-20 (2013)
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Research on research ethics—regarding both the governance and practice of the ethical review of human subjects research—has a tumultuous history in North America and Europe. Much of the academic literature focuses on issues to do with regulating the conduct and quality of ethics review of research protocols by ethics committees (research ethics boards (REBs) in Canada and institutional review boards (IRBs) in the United States). In addition, some of the literature attends to issues particular to the review of qualitative research, and still other literature addresses the challenges posed by and the need for research on REBs/IRBs. It is this third group of literature within which our article is situated.

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Bryn Williams-Jones
Université de Montréal
Elise Smith
National Institutes of Health


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