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Ethical approval for national studies in Ireland: an illustration of current challenges.

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posted on 22.11.2019 by Mary Smith, Frank Doyle, Hannah McGee, Davida De La Harpe

BACKGROUND: Ethical approval of research projects is, appropriately, an essential prerequisite in health settings. AIMS: This paper outlines difficulties encountered with procedures for gaining ethical approval for two multicentre surveys in Ireland.

METHODS: The experiences of two national surveys were documented. RESULTS: Delays in processing ethics applications led to substantial delays in both surveys. Research ethics committees (RECs) assessed applications in an idiosyncratic manner.

CONCLUSION: In Ireland, there is currently no accepted mechanism for single location ethical approval for multicentre studies. Instead, they require separate approval from all participating centres. The challenges of this system of application to multiple committees are outlined in this paper, and possible solutions presented.

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“This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Irish Journal of Medical Science. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF02914559”.

Published Citation

Smith M, Doyle F, McGee HM, De La Harpe D. Ethical approval for national studies in Ireland: an illustration of current challenges. Irish Journal of Medical Science 2004;173(2):72-4.

Publication Date

01/04/2004

Publisher

Springer

PubMed ID

15540705

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