Online platform for Research Ethics Committees launched

The MARC project - Mapping of research ethics review and trial regulatory capacity in sub-Saharan Africa - has launched an online review platform for Research Ethics Committees: the Research for Health and Innovation Organiser (RHInnO) platform, designed to facilitate an efficent ethical review clearance of clinical research involving human subjects.

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This guidance article aims to provide a fully comprehensive, pragmatic guide for researchers of all roles, but especially ethics reviewers, to explain the details of each type of ethics review. The article is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese, and has been kindly provided by

1st January 2013 • comment

Improving Ethical Review of Research Involving Incentives for Health Promotion

by Alex John London, David A. Borasky Jr., Anant Bhan

We argue that some common concerns about using incentives to increase participation in research, such as that attractive incentives will undermine participant autonomy, are misplaced when incentives are used to overcome economic obstacles or a lack of effective motivation, and when recipients are incentivized to engage in health-related behaviors or practices with which they are already familiar and which they regard as beneficial or worthwhile.

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