Denmark takes the lead on research ethics
Under this title, Sandra Goldbeck-Wood from the British Medical Journal
[BMJ 1998; 316, 18 April: 1189] described in the News section that the
Danish national research ethics committee has decided to implement
shortly the requirement that applicants for ethical approval must show
that they have carried out a full systematic review of the relevant
scientific literature before a new study will be approved. They must
also continue to review the international literature while the study is
in progress and stop the trial early if new research from elsewhere an-
swers the trial's main question in the meantime.
Needless to say, we are very happy for this development and hope other
committee systems will adopt similar requirements.
Peter C. Gotzsche
The Nordic Cochrane Centre
Tagensvej 18 B
DK-2200 Copenhagen N
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