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Table 2 Questions sent to chairs of UK NHS ethics committees

From: The ethics and editorial challenges of internet-based research

1. Does your ethics committee have any formal guidance for researchers on the conduct of internet research?
2. If you receive protocols for internet-based research, how do you assess issues of participant consent, especially for children/adolescents?
3. How do you assess protocols that might include participants from outside of the ‘jurisdiction’ of your ethics committee, for example, if there could be participants or patients from other countries taking part?
4. Do you make a distinction in requirements for consent between research on data already collected and available on the internet and prospective research that aims to collect data via the internet? If so, what is that distinction and how do you apply it in practice?