Entangled in an ethical maze

In their 'Opinion' piece, Sergio Della Sala and Roberto Cubelli argue that NHS ethics committees hamper ethics.

We need ethics in research, we value ethical principles; hence we support ethics committees (ECs). Yet, more often than desirable, the requests by ECs, when vetting studies with patients, don’t come across as suggestions aimed at promoting and improving research studies. They are extra bureaucratic hurdles to go through to carry out research.

This is alarming as it creates a hiatus between researchers and ECs, rather than a fertile collaboration. This collaboration is hindered by the


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