METc UMC Groningen

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Medical Ethics Review Board (METc) reviews clinical validation plans

Employees of the METc Bureau support the Medical Ethics Review Board. They guide the submission and review process but are not part of the decision itself.
All applications submitted for review to the METc are screened by employees of the METc Bureau for completeness. If necessary, the submittor/sponsor is contacted so any omissions are resolved. Only an application that is complete will be discussed by the METc. Sometimes, the review is put on hold until the application is complete and proper alterations are accepted. The METc Bureau can advise the applicants on the required documents. The type of clinical trial determines which documents are required for review. More information on submission requirements can be found on the page Submission. The METc Bureau can also assist with an application to the CCMO and provide information on the progress of the review proces.

The people in the METc

The Medical Ethics Review Board is comprised of experienced people who represent the legally required disciplines.
This means medical doctors, among which the required discipline paediatrician, methodologists, ethicists and people representing the patients’ perspective. When reviewing clinical research with medicinal product(s) this also includes the disciplines of clinical pharmacologists and hospital pharmacists.

Besides the legally required disciplines, the METc UMCG includes experts in their fields amongst her members, i.e. an expert on food and supplements, an expert on bionanotechnology, a registered nurse, a general practitioner and a psychologist. This broad range of expertise enables the committee to review various kinds of medical scientific research, without having to consult an external expert.

The committee meets in an alternating composition. This means that per meeting a limited number of members is present. The METc meets 3 times a month and every member is generally present 1 time a month. Because of this system the meeting skills are maintained while simultaneously lowering the burden per member as much as possible.The alternating meeting composition also means that clinical research with medicinal product(s) can be reviewed only during 2 of the 3 meetings. These meetings include one of the clinical pharmacologists and hospital pharmacists. In the calendar (see the Meeting Dates page) the meeting dates are listed and which types of research can be reviewed.

Medical Ethics Review Board

Hanzeplein 1
9713 GZ


Herma Gerrits-Freese
+31 (0)50 361 4204

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