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Establishing institutional ethics committees: challenges and solutions–a review of the literature

Mukta S Kuyare, Santosh R Taur, Urmila M Thatte

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2014.047


This review of the literature was conducted to identify the challenges faced while establishing institutional ethics committees (IECs) as well as to suggest some solutions. The search of the literature was carried out with the help of the PubMed search engine, using “research ethics committees” (MeSH] and “India” (MeSH]) as the key words for articles published between 2004 and 2012. We found 31 articles related to the topic, and the most common challenge mentioned was inappropriate functioning of IECs (n=17), followed by inappropriate structure (n=14).

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