Monash Bioethics Review

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp S52–S61 | Cite as

Defining Research

  • George F. Tomossy


An activity defined as research will attract a particular set of regulatory, ethical and legal responses; however, assigning a clear definition of research is a difficult if not impossible task. The purpose of this article is to explore and emphasise the various aspects of research which allow it to be characterised as a reviewable activity and to stimulate discussion with a view to identifying which class of activities warrants a regulatory response.


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© Monash University 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • George F. Tomossy
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  1. 1.Macquarie Law SchoolMacquarie UniversityAustralia

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