How does the ethical review process work in Sweden and which are the designated ethics committees? The regional research ethics boards are independent bodies responsible to the ministry of education. All of the six large universities in Sweden have a regional research ethics board, which, in regions comprising larger universities, may involve one to four different units for medical research review and always one separate unit for review of non-medical research with humans. The regional committees have their own administration and economy although they are located close to or within the university building. They may get administrative help from the university but the internal work of the ethics boards is entirely independent from the university and they have their own internal organization. There is also the Central ethical review board. Besides making decisions on controversial issues delivered by a REC, the central board is an appeal body for researchers who want to complain about a decision made by a regional board. The central board also has the responsibility to supervise the researchers’ adherence to the research ethics law. However, this is only the case when supervision is not already the task of the medical project agency (in cases of clinical trials) or the Swedish board of health and welfare (if the study concerns patients in the health care system). The Swedish research council is authorized by the education ministry to give provisions for the procedures of the research vetting including changes in the application forms. The research council is responsible for education of the research ethics board members. For these purposes the council has instituted an advisory group including scientific secretaries and/or judges from each of the central and regional research boards in Sweden. Both the regional and the central research review boards have a common web site where relevant information including related links to laws and other regulations can be found.

LINK to Common EC Website

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Regionala Etikprövningsnämnden i Göteborg
Box 401 405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address:
Guldhedsgatan 5 A, hus 2, plan 4, 413 20 Göteborg

Contact persons:

Regionala etikprövningsnämnden i Linköping
c/o Hälsouniversitetets kansli Sandbäcksgatan 7 581 83 Linköping

Visiting Address:
Hälsouniversitetets kansli, plan 1, Sandbäcksgatan 7, 581 83 Linköping

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Regionala etikprövningsnämnden i Lund
Box 133 221 00 LUND [Hämtställe 12]

Visiting Address:
Östra Vallgatan 14, 223 61 Lund Östervångsvägen 1, 224 60 Lund (Gula villan i Botaniska trädgården)

Contact persons:

  • Jacob Branting, administrativ sekreterare avdelning 1, medicinsk forskning, tfn 046-222 41 80, jacob.branting@epn.lu.se (TJÄNSTLEDIG)
  • Eva Elvstrand, vik administrativ sekreterare avdelning 1, medicinsk forskning, tfn 046-222 41 80 eva.elvstrand@epn.lu.se
  • Iréne Barsegård, administrativ sekreterare avdelning 2, medicinsk, forskning, tfn 046-222 43 12 irene.barsegard@epn.lu.se
  • Ann-Marie Kellner, administrativ sekreterare avdelning 3, övrig forskning, tfn 046 – 222 46 16 ann-marie.kellner@epn.lu.se E-post: registrator@epn.lu.se

Regionala etikprövningsnämnden i Stockholm
FE 289 171 77 STOCKHOLM

Visiting Address:
(Karolinska Institutet /Solna) Nobels väg 9, plan D3 171 65 Solna

Central E-Mail: kansli@stockholm.epn.se

Telefon: 08-524 870 00, 08-524 800 00

Fax: 08-524 866 99

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Regionala etikprövningsnämnden i Umeå
Samverkanshuset, Universitetsområdet 901 87 Umeå

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Regionala etikprövningsnämnden i Uppsala
Box 1964 751 49 UPPSALA
Tel. 018-471 74 00 Fax. 018-471 74 10

Visiting Address:
Drottninggatan 4 753 09 UPPSALA

Contact persons:

  • Agneta Barrestål, adm sekr, övrig forskning Tel. 018-471 74 03
  • Sissela Lundberg, adm sekr, medicinsk forskning Tel. 018-471 74 04
  • Maivor Liedén, adm samordnare Tel. 018-471 74 01

Centrala etikprövningsnämnden
c/o Vetenskapsrådet Box 1035 101 38 Stockholm

Visiting Address:
Västra Järnvägsgatan 3 Växel: 08-546 77 610 Fax: 08-546 44 180 Kansli:kansli@cepn.se

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