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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-4

Ethics committee approval for academic research: is it a workable proposition in developing countries

Editor, Andhra Pradesh Journal of Psychological Medicine (AP J Psychol Med); Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Gandhi Medical College and Hospital; Consultant Psychiatrist, Hyderabad, India

Correspondence Address:
Rajshekhar Bipeta
Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Musheerabad, Secunderabad-500003, Hyderabad, Telangana
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This editorial aims to draw attention of journal editors and policy makers to a very pertinent question related to publishing. The mandatory requirement of ethics committee (EC) approval is a much needed regulation in light of serious human rights violations in past. However, it may not be always feasible for researchers to comply with this requirement. There is a need to develop some guidelines as to how such instances should be dealt with. This is not a regressive approach. The AP J Psychol Med is very much aware and concerned about the protection of the rights of study participants, and endorses the publication requirements of various organizations.

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