Ethics committees must also be informed
of all aspects of the research. They too should be supplied
with all the relevant information about the study, the
method of data gathering the sample group and the object
of the research.
What are ethics committees?
Ethics committees review the research
and provide advice to ensure the research meets the
required ethical standards. The purpose of an ethics
committee is to protect the dignity, rights, safety
and well being of the individuals involved.
Research Ethics Committees (RECs) are
independent groups, founded and governed by local Health
Authorities or the Department of Health. Research cannot
be started until the Research Ethics Committees has
given its approval.
The Central Office for Research Ethics Committees (COREC)
acts on behalf of the Department of Health in England
to provide help and leadership for RECs and the REC
system by co-ordinating the development of operational
and infrastructure arrangements in support of their
The Department of Health has created a 'Research Governance
Framework for Health and Social Care'. This document
provides a framework to ensure research is conducted
to high scientific and ethical standards. Follow this
link to find out more.