Funding for this research was provided by:
Uniwersytet Medyczny w Lublinie (This work is part of the project MOCHA funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 Framework under the grant agreement number: 634201)
Received: 7 January 2019
Accepted: 13 June 2019
First Online: 27 June 2019
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The European Commission applied its Ethics Scrutiny Process for Horizon 2020 projects to the MOCHA project, and agreed that except for identified specific tasks not covered in this paper, full ethical approval was not needed as no personal data were being collected. Country Agents were recruited for the H2020 project and paid to deliver qualitative and quantitative data on child health issues in their countries; they are aware of the intention to publish analyses based on the material they supplied. There is consent to use and publish the data. It is also made explicit in the project grant agreement. There was no formal requirement to approve MOCHA study by ethics committees from each country as the data collected by Country Agents referred to in this study was publicly available in their national languages. The European Commission Ethical Scrutiny verified this position before the grant was approved.The Ethical Committee of the European Commission’s DG Research Horizon 2020 programme waived the need for ethical approval for the whole study, including the need for informed consent from Country Agents.
: Not Applicable
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.