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National Information: Belgium

Short description of RECs system:

Belgian Advisory Committee on Bioethics
Local ethics committees in hospitals

There are currently about 215 committees. The majority are associated with hospitals and some are associated with non-hospital institutions. Since 2014, 22 of these research ethics committees have the full recognition.

Information on the functioning of the ethics committees in Belgium is restricted to an annual report of the Advisory Committee on Bioethics in which the data of the individual activity reports of the ethics committees are presented. Since 1998 the Advisory Committee requests all Belgian ethics committees to supply a dossier of every activity they perform. The collection of these dossiers together with a report on the structure of the committee constitutes the activity report of every individual committee. http://jme.bmj.com/content/31/6/318.long.

Networking between RECs:

Belgian Advisory Committee on Bioethics requests all Belgian ethics committees to supply a dossier of every activity they perform.



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