Ethical aspects of clinical research in developing countries: Opinion No 17 of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies
The European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) is an independent multidisciplinary body which advises the European Commission on ethical aspects of science and new technologies in connection with the preparation and implementation of Community legislation or policies. In response to a request from the Commission, the Group has prepared this Opinion, which welcomes EU research funding directed towards developing countries but stresses the need for greater solidarity to fight poverty related diseases. The opinion states that the fundamental ethical rules applied to clinical trials in industrialised countries should be globally applicable. It also calls for better partnership and cooperation between research scientists in industrialised and developing countries, and offers its support for EU initiatives to build local ethical committees in developing countries. The opinion emphasises that negative as well as positive results of trials must be published and that the new knowledge acquired by a research project in a developing country must be made efficiently accessible to the scientific community and to the general population of the country where the research took place.
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