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Contributors SK and ST conducted the supporting work described in this commentary and contributed equally to writing the article.
Competing interests SK is chair of the Hampshire A NHS and MOD research ethics committees and is involved with various NHS and MOD projects trying to improve and streamline the ethics review process. ST is a member of the Hampshire B NHS REC and is currently receiving funding for her MRes degree from the Health Research Authority.
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Correction notice This article has been corrected since it was published Online First. 'It is not the task of a REC to undertake additional scientific reviewer is it constituted to do so’ was corrected.
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