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Ethics in ethics committees: time to share experiences, discuss challenges and do a better job

Amar Jesani

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2009.022


In August 2008, a report in the Bulletin of the World Health Organisation on ethical concerns about clinical trials in India quoted CM Gulhati, editor of the Monthly Index of Medical Specialities, as saying: “Fewer than 40 ethics committees in India are properly constituted and functioning.” While there is evidence that in terms of numbers, many more ethics committees exist, Dr Gulhati may not be too far off the mark in his claims on their proper and competent functioning.

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