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TWENTY YEARS OF HUMAN RESEARCH ETHICS COMMITTEES IN THE BALTIC STATES
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2010
© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Developing World Bioethics
Volume 11, Issue 1, pages 48–54, April 2011
How to Cite
DRANSEIKA, V., GEFENAS, E., CEKANAUSKAITE, A., HUG, K., MEZINSKA, S., PEICIUS, E., SILIS, V., SOOSAAR, A. and STROSBERG, M. (2011), TWENTY YEARS OF HUMAN RESEARCH ETHICS COMMITTEES IN THE BALTIC STATES. Developing World Bioethics, 11: 48–54. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-8847.2010.00288.x
- Issue published online: 17 MAR 2011
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2010
- Research ethics committees;
- ethical review;
- Baltic States
Two decades have passed since the first attempts were made to establish systematic ethical review of human research in the Baltic States. Legally and institutionally much has changed. In this paper we provide an historical and structural overview of ethical review of human research and identify some problems related to the role of ethical review in establishing quality research environment in these countries. Problems connected to (a) public availability of information, (b) management of conflicts of interest, (c) REC composition and motivation of REC members, and (d) differing levels of stringency of ethical review for different types of studies, are identified. Recommendations are made to strengthen cooperation among the Baltic RECs.