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GMC issues new guidance on clinical research

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 16 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:b
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The General Medical Council—the body that registers doctors in the UK—has issued new guidance on the standards expected for research in the NHS, universities, and the private sector.

    Trust between participants in research and healthcare professionals is emphasised as the central principle in conducting ethical clinical research. The guidance warns: “Doctors involved in research have an ethical duty to show respect for human life and respect peoples' autonomy. Partnership between participants and the health care team is essential to good research practice and such partnerships are based on trust. You must respect patients' and volunteers' rights to make decisions about their involvement in research.”

    Sir Cyril Chantler, chairman of the GMC standards …

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