This Human Research Ethics commentary reflects on useful approaches to researchers who fail to respond to requests. This includes failure to respond to research ethics review feedback, failure to respond to requests for ethical conduct reports and failure to respond to other requests from the research ethics committee. Hopefully, your institutional approach will be a little bit more practical than the Goldberg machine in this humorous Don Mayne cartoon.
Research ethics committees
This is a recording of a Victoria Ethics Network session facilitated by Prof. Nik Zeps, a senior consultant of AHRECS. He is speaking about the role of HRECs with regard to risks, benefits and their weighing. A very handy one hour ten minute talk by an experienced practitioner, who has both served on the committee that drafted the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research and has served/chaired numerous research ethics committees.
To be valid and useful. a consent strategy must be appropriate and respectful of participants. It should be relevant for the research design and context. An information sheet and consent form that is signed should not be the default, standard or best approach. Consent material written for lawyers will probably ‘work’ for 0ther lawyers.