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Table 3 Tasks and items in clinical research projects covered by research ethics committees (RECs), Finland compared to England, Canada (Ontario), and the USA, around 2010

From: Research ethics committees in the regulation of clinical research: comparison of Finland to England, Canada, and the United States

  Finland England Canada USA
Patient protection Starting point Starting point Starting point Starting point
Research advancement No Yes Yes Yesb
Research prioritization No No No No
Resourcea competition No No No No
Follow-up No Yes Yes Yes
Contract No No, another body No, another body No, another body
Items     
Scientific quality Yes Evidence asked for Yes/ no Yes/Evidence asked for
Availability of results No Yes Yes Yesb
Research registration No Yes Yes (trials) Yes (trials)
Institutional liability No No Important Important
Following (legal) rules Important Not major issue Unknown Unknown
Conflicts of interest No Yes No, another body No, another body
  1. aPatients, doctors and other resources for research.
  2. bUnsure.