The New York Times on Human Subjects Review Panels

As Ethics Panels Expand Grip, No Field Is Off Limits Link fixed
By PATRICIA COHEN
Published: February 28, 2007

“This system of helter-skelter enforcement, critics say, has no meaningful oversight and no appeal process. Debbie S. Dougherty and Michael W. Kramer, two former members of a review board at the University of Missouri, Columbia, who wanted to study review boards, had to first get their own board’s O.K. Although they thought their project was exempt from board approval, the only entity authorized to make that decision is the board itself, and the only appeal if the researchers had rejected the ruling is also the board. “

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