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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

scientific review panel  listen  (SY-en-TIH-fik ree-VYOO PA-nil)

  A group of doctors, scientists, and other experts that reviews the detailed plan of a clinical trial for scientific quality and correct study design. There is a scientific review panel at every health care facility that does clinical research. Most clinical trials are reviewed by the scientific review panel before they go to the facility’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) for approval. Also called scientific review committee.