Ethics committee

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In research[edit]

An ethics committee in the European Union is a body responsible for oversight of medical or human research studies in EU member states. Local terms for a European ethics committee include:

  • A Research Ethics Committee (REC) in the United Kingdom
  • A Medical Research Ethics Committee (MREC) in the Netherlands.
  • A Comités de Protection des Personnes (CPP) in France.

In the United States, an ethics committee is usually known as an Institutional Review Board, a committee dedicated to overseeing the rights and well-being of research subjects participating in scientific studies in the US.

In Australia, an ethics committee in medical research refers to a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).

Non-research context[edit]

In a non-research context, the term may refer to: