Workload of a South African University-based Health Research Ethics Committee in 2003 and 2007.

Peter Cleaton-Jones, Merryl Vorster


Objective: To compare work loads of a University-based Health Research Ethics Committee(Medical) for 2003 and 2007.
Methods: Minutes and database records of all applications processed by the Committee in 2003 and 2007 were examined.
Results: General research applications increased from 439 to 553 in 2007 while clinical trial proposals declined from 102 to 86. Some 60-70% of applications required revision; 77 - 81% of general research applications were eventually approved and 86% - 97% of clinical trials.
Conclusion: The work load puts an increasingly heavy burden on HREC(M) members and support staff.

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Peter Cleaton-Jones, Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics, University of the Witwatersrand

Merryl Vorster, Deanery, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand

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South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 2008;1(2):38.

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Date submitted: 2008-08-11
Date published: 2008-12-12

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