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Table 6 Expedited ethical review time frames

From: Addressing challenges for clinical research responses to emerging epidemics and pandemics: a scoping review

Expedited ethical review time framesOutbreakStudy settingTime frame
Through an accelerated WHO ethical review process, a sub-committee established specifically for review of Ebola studies reviewed protocols in 6 days (max. 15 days) on average during the 2014–2016 outbreak. Barriers causing delays were mainly protocol related [18].Ebola 2014–2016West Africa6 days on average
An H1N1 pandemic vaccine cohort study in the UK in 2009 was through expedited review processes approved by the Oxfordshire Research Ethics Committee within 18 days. Subsequent substantial amendments were approved within 48 h [53].H1N1 2009UK18 days