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Journal Article

Perspectives of Egyptian Research Ethics Committees Regarding Their Effective Functioning

Amal Matar and Henry Silverman
Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics: An International Journal
Vol. 8, No. 1 (February 2013), pp. 32-44
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
DOI: 10.1525/jer.2013.8.1.32
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/jer.2013.8.1.32
Page Count: 13
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Abstract

The recent increase in research in the Middle East has been associated with the establishment of research ethics committees (RECs). Our aim was to obtain perspectives of RECs regarding the challenges that impede their effective functioning. We conducted in-depth interviews using a semi-structured interview guide. We transcribed and analyzed the interviews to uncover major themes and subthemes. We identified the following themes: membership composition; training needs of members; availability of human and capital resources; role of the national government; concerns with the informed consent process; government scrutiny of research; investigator-related issues; and concerns with transfer of biological samples to other countries. Our interview study revealed several barriers that need to be considered by appropriate stakeholders to enhance adequate functioning of RECs.

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