Research Ethics Committee (REC) / Independent Ethics Committee (IEC) / Institutional review Board (IRB)

Comité d'éthique de la recherche (CER) / comité d’éthique indépendant (CEI) / comité d’examen de l’établissement (CEE) -- Forschungsethikkommission / Unabhängige Ethik-Kommission / Institutionell Review Board
An independent body (a review board or a committee, institutional, regional, national, or supranational), constituted of medical professionals and non-medical members, whose responsibility it is to ensure the protection of the rights, safety and well-being of human subjects involved in a trial and to provide public assurance of that protection, by, among other things, reviewing and approving / providing favourable opinion on, the trial protocol, the suitability of the investigator(s), facilities, and the methods and material to be used in obtaining and documenting informed consent of the trial subjects.
International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) – Guideline for Good Clinical Practice (GCP) E6 (R1), art. 1.27

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