June 2013 - IAPO responds to a WMA consultation on the Declaration of Helsinki
In June 2013, IAPO responded to a World Medical Association consultation on the seventh revision to the Declaration of Helsinki.
The Declaration of Helsinki is a set of ethical principles regarding the use of human subjects in medical research. It was developed for the medical community by the World Medical Association and was originally adopted in June 1964 in Helsinki, Finland. It provides a solid foundation for defining and outlining ethical principles in medical research. The Declaration of Helsinki is a ‘live’ document and has undergone six revisions since the original version was published and is currently undergoing a seventh revision, which was put out to consultation. IAPO has reviewed the revised Declaration and responded to the consultation.
In its response, IAPO stated that:
- It is essential that patients participating in medical research are adequately protected from risk
- Vulnerable or underrepresented populations need stronger measures to protect them from harm
- Patients participating in medical trials should have access to the best possible treatment, both during the trial and post-trial
Read IAPO’s comments on the Declaration of Helsinki in full.
The revised version of the Declaration is due to be approved in October. IAPO will be monitoring the progress of the Declaration and working with the WMA on the dissemination of the revised version of the Declaration.
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