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World Medical Association delays decision on Helsinki declaration

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 18 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:642
  1. Stephen Pincock
  1. London

    The World Medical Association (WMA) wrapped up its annual assembly last week without deciding whether to make controversial changes to part of the Declaration of Helsinki dealing with the obligation to continue treating clinical trial participants after a study is over.

    The WMA had been considering whether to modify or clarify paragraph 30 of the declaration, a possibility that some have claimed would weaken the important ethical document and leave patients in developing countries at risk.

    During the …

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