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National Information: Denmark

    Short description of RECs system:

    There are 11 regional committees. National committee (the Danish National Committee on Biomedical Research Ethics (Den Centrale Videnskabsetiske Komite (CVK)): coordinates the work in the regional committees, lays down guidelines for amongst others researchers, gives opinions on issues of a fundamental nature, if this is not related to the approval of a concrete research project, acts as an appeals committee in connection with findings in the regional committees and decide on matters where members of the regional committees disagree, monitors the development of research within the health sector and further the understanding of the ethical problems resulting from the development in relation to the health services and the biomedical research environments.

    The National Committee consists of 26 members. 4 members, including the chairman, are appointed by the Minister for Health and Prevention, hereby 2 members on the recommendation of the Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education. Furthermore the committee consists of 22 members appointed by the Minister for Health and Prevention on the recommendation of the 11 regional committees - 2 from each regional committee. The Danish National Committee on Biomedical Research Ethics coordinates the work of the regional committees. The Danish National Committee on Biomedical Research Ethics: http://www.cvk.sum.dk/CVK/Home/English.aspx

    Networking between RECs:

    Till the end of this year all RECs are represented in the National Committee on Biomedical Research Ethics by chairman and vice-chairman. From 1. January 2012 the regional representation in the national committee will be reduced to 1 delegate from each region that means 5 representatives from RECs.

    From 1 January 2012 a new coordinating forum with chairmen and vice-chairmen from all RECS and the national committee will be established. The task is to coordinate, produce guidelines and ensure quality emprovement.

    There is an annual meeting (1½ day) for all members of the ethics committee system and the staff. The staff of the RECs and the national committee meet at least twice of the year for coordinating purpose. There is a current contact on emails and telephone between the secretariat for the national committee and the secretariats of RECs with the purpose to coordinate and interpretation of the law etc. At the same time there is current contacts between the staff of the RECs. Every four years when new members of the committees are nominated the national committee arranges a course of education.

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