Editorial| Volume 64, ISSUE 4, P199-200, December 20, 2009

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Ethics and studies in human beings: Research, service evaluation or audit

  • Margaret Rees
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    Reproductive Medicine, University of Oxford, UK

    Medical Gynaecology, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK

    Faculty of Medicine, University of Glasgow, UK

    Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, United States

    Level 4 Women's Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, OX3 9DU, UK
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      Before acceptance in Maturitas, reports of studies involving human beings are checked to ensure that they had the necessary ethical or institutional review board approval and that consent was appropriately obtained. The review board or committee must be named in the manuscript. Written rather than verbal consent is preferred. The consent process should be described in the manuscript including, for example, reasons why written consent was not sought.
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      2. National Research Ethics Service. 5.10.09.