Monash Bioethics Review

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp S58–S62 | Cite as

Improving Australia’s ethical review processes — slow and steady wins the race

  • Kerry J. Breen


In this response, the Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC) indicates that it shares, and has strategies in place to address, the majority of the concerns identified by Susan Dodds. AHEC believes it is too early to assess the full impact of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans (1999) or to call for a major review of the ethics committee process. While some Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) are over-stretched, the system is not on the verge of collapse.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kerry J. Breen
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  1. 1.Australian Health Ethics CommitteeAustralia

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