About the Danish Research Ethics Committee System

The purpose of the scientific ethics committee system is to ensure that health science research projects are conducted in an ethically sound manner. Consideration for the rights, safety and well-being of research subjects takes precedence over scientific and societal interests in creating the possibility of obtaining new knowledge or investigating existing knowledge that may justify the implementation of the research project.

The Regional Research Ethics Committees (RVK), established by the Regions, the Danish National Medical Research Ethics Committee (VMK), and  the Danish National Committee on Health Research Ethics (NVK), established by the Ministry of Health, deal with all types of research projects in the health sciences involving human subjects or human biological material.

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