Harmonisation of ethics committees' practice in 10 European countries

R Hernandez, M Cooney, C Dualé, M Gálvez, S Gaynor, G Kardos, C Kubiak, S Mihaylov, J Pleiner, G Ruberto, N Sanz, M Skoog, P Souri, C O Stiller, A Strenge-Hesse, A Vas, D Winter, X Carné

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The Directive 2001/20/EC was an important first step towards consistency in the requirements and processes for clinical trials across Europe. However, by applying the same rules to all types of drug trials and transposing the Directive's principles into pre-existing national legislations, the Directive somewhat failed to meet its facilitation and harmonization targets. In the field of ethics, the Directive 2001/20/EC conditioned the way of understanding and transposing the "single opinion" process in each country. This led to a situation in which two models of research ethics committees organisation systems exist, being the model in which the "single opinion" is considered to be the decision made by a single ethics committee more effective and simpler in terms of administrative and logistic workload.
TidsskriftJournal of Medical Ethics
Udgave nummer11
Sider (fra-til)696-700
Antal sider5
StatusUdgivet - nov. 2009


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