Children and clinical research
Clinical research involving children is essential to increase our understanding of childhood conditions and improve healthcare for children. Yet professionals and parents often feel uneasy about asking children to take part in research, for example because of potential risks or burdens.
This report looks at how children and young people can ethically be involved in research, and makes recommendations about the roles and responsibilities of children, their parents or guardians, researchers and others. A magazine version and a short animation are also available.
The ethics of research related to healthcare in developing countries: a follow-up discussion paper
This discussion paper is a follow-up to the Council’s 2002 report on the ethics of research related to healthcare in developing countries.
It explores the practical implications of new and revised guidelines from several international organisations, which were discussed at a workshop in Cape Town in February 2004.
The ethics of research related to healthcare in developing countries
Developing countries urgently need research to help relieve the burden of disease.
It is vital that wealthier countries help sponsor this research, but rigorous ethical safeguards are needed to prevent the exploitation of those who take part. This report defines the ethical standards for healthcare research in developing countries.
Human tissue: ethical and legal issues
Medical and scientific uses of human tissue include organ transplantation, pharmaceutical testing and genetic research.
The Council published a report in 1995 proposing an ethical and legal framework for the use of human tissue.
Genetic screening: ethical issues
Genetic screening for diseases such as cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anaemia raises important ethical, legal and practical issues for the individual involved, their families and society generally.
The Council made this the subject of its first report, published in 1993.
Children and clinical researchChildren and clinical research
Research in developing countries: follow-upThe ethics of research related to healthcare in developing countries: a follow-up discussion paper
Research in developing countriesThe ethics of research related to healthcare in developing countries
Human tissueHuman tissue: ethical and legal issues
Genetic screeningGenetic screening: ethical issues
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