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Introducing “ERIC”, a living research ethics database
  1. H T Davies1,
  2. T Wiseman2
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, Central Middlesex Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2Lincoln Local Research Ethics Committee, Lincoln, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr H T Davies, Department of Paediatrics, Central Middlesex Hospital, Acton Lane, London NW10 7NS, UK; 

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Research ethics committees (RECs) in the UK are under criticism for inconsistency in both process and opinion. As chairmen of a multicentre REC and a local REC, we felt that one possible reason was the lack of convenient, up to date guidance for chairmen, administrators, and members.

We recognised that there is no shortage of material for REC members to read but it is time consuming to access and difficult to apply to questions raised by review of research projects. International bodies have produced guidance; political organisations and governments have laid down …

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