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Salud Colect. 2015 Jun;11(2):247-60. doi: 10.1590/S1851-82652015000200008.

[Structure and functioning of research ethics committees in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires and Greater Buenos Aires].

[Article in Spanish]

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Comit√© de √Čtica, Hospital Nacional Profesor Alejandro Posadas, Argentina.
Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Given the few existing studies on research ethics committees (RECs) in Argentina, this paper aims to describe the structure and functioning of institutional RECs in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires and Greater Buenos Aires. A descriptive, qualitative and quantitative research study was carried out using a survey conducted between March and July 2012. The sample was made up of 46 RECs. Forty percent of committee members were doctors and the age and sex distribution met standards. Inadequate numbers of methodologists, community representatives, lawyers and members external to the institution were identified, as well as shortcomings regarding administrative staff, fixed locations for meetings, budgets adequate to expenditures and training in research ethics. Some of those surveyed reported problems in their relationship with the institution and with researchers, in addition to difficulties regarding the time available to perform tasks.

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