Table 4

Challenges to the capacity of National Ethics Committees to perform its duties (n = 15)


Numbers of RECs reporting challenge (%)

The need to develop appropriate national ethical guidelines

86% (13/15)

Lack of training for members in medical ethics

67% (10/15)

Lack of ongoing training in medical ethics

73% (11/15)

Inadequate ability to monitor approved protocols

60% (9/15)

Abou-Zeid et al. BMC Medical Ethics 2009 10:8   doi:10.1186/1472-6939-10-8

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