Researchers may wonder when should they submit their study protocols to other committees in relation to the submission to the Research Ethics Committee. An appropriate answer would depend on the specific study as applied to the considerations below:
Internationally, the standard requirement is that research be conducted according to the research plan, contained in the particular version of a protocol approved by an independent ethics committee. This requirement has practical bearing where
i) protocols also serve at one of the scientific committees (and consequently may be amended);
ii) research projects are related to or are subsets of other research projects.
Research project that is subset of another:
The latter submission needs to refer to the study already approved and may consequently be less comprehensive (for example, the previously-approved Participant Information and Consent Documents may suffice).
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