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Developing countries need stronger ethical guidelines on research

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 24 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1076
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    The European Commission has begun to work more closely with developing countries to establish high ethical standards for research worldwide. It is examining ways to involve such countries more in drawing up, disseminating, and implementing ethical guidelines that are adapted to their specific circumstances.

    Impetus for the initiative came at a two day conference in Brussels last week on ethics, research, and globalisation that brought together 150 delegates from international organisations, governments, research bodies, and academia.

    Janez Potoènik, the European Union's commissioner for science and research, told participants: “Globalisation of research requires better implementation …

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