# Citation

Velarde A, Calgua E (2019) How to Establish a Medical Ethics or Bioethics Committee?. J Fam Med Dis Prev 5:104. doi.org/10.23937/2469-5793/1510104

# How to Establish a Medical Ethics or Bioethics Committee?

##### Angel Velarde, MD, MSCE1,2* and Erwin Calgua, MD, MSCE3,4

1School of Medicine, University of San Carlos de Guatemala, Guatemala

2Director of Research, Hospital of Oncology in Guatemala, Guatemala

3General Directorate of Research, University of San Carlos de Guatemala, Guatemala

4Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania, USA

# Summary

## Background

As humanity increases in quantity and science advances, every day the need arises to understand the principles that govern human behavior; therefore, our objective is to establish a frame of reference about how a Medical Ethics or Bioethics Committee is established.

## Methodology

A review of the literature was carried out in MEDLINE, LILACS, COCHRANE, on ethics, bioethics, bioethics committees, and administrative functioning of the ethics committees.

## How long does it take to review the request for approval by the medical ethics or bioethics committee?

The average time of approval of simple protocols in 2008 was 18-24 days, and for complex protocols it was 63 days, [28] and it is considered a prolonged time when it exceeds three months [29].

## How long the period of functions of each member of the committee lasts

The duration will be three years and may be reappointed by the director of the institution when appropriate [30].

# Results

From the review of the literature, it was found that the ethics committees must be composed of at least 5 members, who are nominated by the director of the institution; Each member must take ethics courses. The duration of the period will be for 3 years, and continuity may be given when so determined.

# Conclusions

It is recommended to carry out a descriptive study on the form and structure of operation of ethics committees, and to run a descriptive study of what physicians know about it.

None to declare.