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Latin American and European Systems of Ethics Regulation of Biomedical Research: Comparative analysis of their pertinence and application for human subjects protection

 

  • Abstract:
    Throughout the 20th century, medical research has developed systematic procedures for the trial of medical products. Within this scope, the testing of drugs on humans assumes a core position. After the Second World War tools were discussed, which were to assure the subjects’ safety. As a result of the revision of the Declaration of Helsinki by the World Medical Association in Tokyo in the year 1975, one of the most important tools is now seen to be a pre-examination of relevant research studies by ethic commissions.

    Ever since then, ethics commissions all over the world have inherited this task. Albeit their long-lasting history, the national legal regulations, the membership, the institutional anchorage and the education of members as well as the understanding of their work differ substantially worldwide.

    EULABOR (Latin American and European Systems of Ethics Regulation of Biomedical Research: Comparative analysis of their pertinence and application for human subjects protection) is the first research association that tackles a united reflection by both European and Latin American partners regarding the work of ethics commissions as well as ethical aspects of medical research. As regards this reflection, one relevant question is how to efficiently institutionalize the work of ethics commissions under differing socioeconomic conditions. Furthermore, it shall be asked how the work of ethics commissions can be deepened and supported by a public debate of bioethical problems.

    On 10th and 11th October 2005, the initial meeting for the research project, which is being funded according to the sixth Framework Programme of the European Union, took place in Paris. The French Insititut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM), which is also the coordinator of the project, was the host of this meeting. Other participants of the project are Bioethics Centers in Spain, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. The German partner of the consortium is the Institute of Science and Ethics (IWE). 

  • Coordinator:
    Eugenia Lamas, Mission Éthique Internationale (INSERM)

 

  • Partners:

    • Argentinia
      Juan Carlos Tealdi, BIO&SUR, University of Buenos Aires
      Susana Vidal, BIO&SUR, University of Buenos Aires
      Ingnacio Maglio, BIO&SUR, University of Buenos Aires
    • Brasil
      Roland Schramm, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation
      Sergio Rego, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation
    • Chile
      Sergio Zorrilla, University of Santiago
      Marcel Ferrer, University of Santiago
      Adriana Hevia, University of Santiago
      Rodrigo Salinas, University of Santiago
    • Germany
      Michael Fuchs, Institute of Science and Ethics, Bonn
    • France
      Eugenia Lamas, INSERM
      Armelle de Bouvet, INSERM
      Pierre Boitte, INSERM
    • Mexico
      Dafna Feinholz, National Commission of Bioethics
    • Spain
      Joseph M. Esquirol, EPSON Foundation / Institute of Tecnoethics
      Alex Bota, EPSON Foundation / Institute of Tecnoethics
      Silvia Miguel, EPSON Foundation / Institute of Tecnoethics
    • Uruguay
      Stelle Cerutti, University of the Republic

 

  • Sponsorship: 
    European Commission

 

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