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The Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004

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3.—(1) An ethics committee shall consist of—

(a)expert members; and

(b)lay members.

(2) An ethics committee shall have no more than 18 members.

(3) Subject to paragraph 7, the members of an ethics committee shall be appointed by the appointing authority.

(4) A person shall not be eligible for appointment as a lay member of an ethics committee if, in the course of his employment or business, he—

(a)provides medical, dental or nursing care, or

(b)conducts clinical research.

(5) An appointing authority shall, in relation to an ethics committee, exercise their power under sub-paragraph (3) so as to ensure that—

(a)at least one third of the total membership shall be lay members; and

(b)at least half of the lay members must be persons who are not, or who never have been—

(i)health care professionals,

(ii)persons involved in the conduct of clinical research, other than as a subject of such research, or

(iii)a chairman, member or director of—

(aa)a health service body, or

(bb)a body, other than a health service body, which provides health care.

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