J Med Ethics 39:525-526 doi:10.1136/medethics-2012-100942
  • Research ethics
  • Response

Rolling back the bureaucracies of ethics review

  1. Mark Israel
  1. Correspondence to Winthrop Professor Mark Israel, School of Law, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia
  • Received 20 August 2012
  • Accepted 22 August 2012
  • Published Online First 2 October 2012


Dyck and Allen's criticisms of current systems of governance are well founded, at least in some jurisdictions. Their desire to halt the expansion and intensification of research ethics governance is to be applauded. However, their listed categories of research to be exempted from mandatory review may not create a better system.

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