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Ethical Review of Research on Human Subjects at Unilever: Reflections on Governance

9 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2014  

Mark Sheehan

University of Oxford - Division of Public Health and Primary Health Care

Vernon Marti

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Tony Roberts

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: July 2014

Abstract

This article considers the process of ethical review of research on human subjects at a very large multinational consumer products company. The commercial context of this research throws up unique challenges and opportunities that make the ethics of the process of oversight distinct from mainstream medical research. Reflection on the justification of governance processes sheds important, contrasting light on the ethics of governance of other forms and context of research.

Keywords: research ethics, research governance, ethics committees, commercial research, consumer products research, market research, market research ethics

Suggested Citation

Sheehan, Mark and Marti, Vernon and Roberts, Tony, Ethical Review of Research on Human Subjects at Unilever: Reflections on Governance (July 2014). Bioethics, Vol. 28, Issue 6, pp. 284-292, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2445698 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bioe.12040

Mark Sheehan

University of Oxford - Division of Public Health and Primary Health Care ( email )

United Kingdom

Vernon Marti

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

Tony Roberts

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

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