The joint project group “Biometry in ethics committees” of the German Association for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS) e. V. and the German Region of the International Biometric Society was founded in 2017 and aims to strengthen the work of biostatisticians in medical ethics committees by offering specific training (in methods as well as communication of statistical issues to non-statisticians), establishing a communication network for mutual support, and developing specific guidelines which allow a standardized, high quality statistical review of study protocols.
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The institute is actively involved in several projects of the working group.
- In 2019 a series containing 16 articles named "Die Rolle medizinischer Ethikkommissionen in Deutschland: Gesetzliche Anforderungen und gesellschaftliche Erwartungen"was published in Bundesgesundheitsblatt-Gesundheitsforschung-Gesundheitsschutz, Volumne 6/2019.
- A comprehensive online survey was conducted among statistical members of medical ethics committees in Germany on their personal impression of completeness and correctness of biostatistical aspects of submitted study protocols. The original anonymized survey data and the R source code for the analysis can be found here.