Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

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| Editors: Marc Gellman

Ethics Committee

  • Jane UptonEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6439-6_456-2



An ethics committee is a committee dedicated to the rights and well-being of research subjects and makes decisions regarding whether or not proposed research studies are ethical to permit to go ahead.

The emphasis on ethical research arose out of concern regarding unethical experiments on humans that occurred during the Second World War. This led to the “Nuremberg Code,” which continues to inform current day ethics statements. This includes the ten basic principles that must be observed when performing medical experiments in order to satisfy moral, ethical, and legal concepts (BMJa 1996). The Nuremberg Code was informed the Declaration of Helsinki, which was devised in 1964 in order to meet the needs of the biomedical community (BMJb 1996). This has been revised six times; the most recent version was written in 2008. The Declaration of Helsinki stipulates that research protocols should be reviewed by specially appointed committee...

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References and Further Reading

  1. BMJa. (1996). Nuremberg. BMJ, 313, 1448. Retrieved from http://www.bmj.com/content/313/7070/1448.1.full
  2. BMJb. (1996). Nuremberg: Declaration of Helsinki (1964). BMJ, 313, 1448. Retrieved from http://www.bmj.com/content/313/7070/1448.2.extract.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWilliam James CollegeNewtonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Anna C. Whittaker
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation SciencesUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK