Journal article

Articulation and transparency of decision-making by Human Research Ethics Committees.

Grant Davies, Lynn Gillam

Monash Bioeth Rev | Published : 2007


In this paper, we argue that Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) have an obligation to clearly articulate, document and be accountable for the reasons for their decisions, and to make their documentation available for external scrutiny. We advance two arguments to support this claim. The first is that this is a legal obligation--that HRECs, by virtue of the way they are established under legislation, are required by law to provide statements of reasons. The second is an ethical argument--even if the legal argument is flawed, there are still compelling ethical reasons for HRECs to operate in this way. We then give an example of what a statement of reasons from an HREC might look like, an..

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