A framework for research ethics review during public emergencies

By Catherine M. Tansey, MScMargaret S. Herridge, MD MPHRonald J. Heslegrave, PhDJames V. Lavery, PhD

The global outbreak of the pandemic (H1N1) influenza has refocused international attention on emergency preparedness for urgent threats to public health. Such threats have included the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) of 2003, the emergence of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, the spectre of avian influenza, the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre and the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

From: CMAJ