Basic principles governing the ethical conduct of research have not changed but recent years have seen the burgeoning of bureaucracy to support and monitor research ethics and governance. More changes are planned, and the effect of the proposed changes on paediatric research are examined and broadly welcomed.
- COREC, Central Office for Research Ethics Committee
- NHS, National Health Service
- NPSA, National Patient Safety Agency
- REC, research ethics committee
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