Applying research ethics guidelines: the view from a sub-saharan research ethics committee.


Journal Article

CONSIDERABLE VARIATION HAS BEEN demonstrated in applying regulations across research ethics committees (RECs) in the U.S., U.K., and European nations. With the rise of international research collaborations, RECs in developing countries apply a variety of international regulations. We conducted a qualitative descriptive pilot study with members of the national REC in Malawi to determine criteria they use to review research, and their views on international collaborations. Qualitative content analysis demonstrated that international guidelines are interpreted in light of local African conditions such that emphasis is placed on examining benefit to the community and ensuring the informed consent process translates concepts in locally-meaningful ways. Members suggest that RECs often must comply with regulations that do not fit local conditions. Recommendations are provided for improving such international collaborations.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Henderson, GE; Corneli, AL; Mahoney, DB; Nelson, DK; Mwansambo, C

Published Date

  • June 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 41 - 48

PubMed ID

  • 19385794

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19385794

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1556-2646

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1525/jer.2007.2.2.41


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States