A collection of resources for scientific investigators conducting research in the developing world, and ethics committees reviewing it.
Guidelines and Regulations
Human Subjects Research in General
These are the key non-regulatory documents that are likely to be cited by ethicists and research ethics committees.
Research in Developing Countries
Genetics and Genomics
Compilations of National Regulations
- ClinRegs from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). A central resource for exploring and comparing international clinical research regulations.
- Global Research Ethics Map. Harvard School of Public Health. As of March 2009, provides guides to the human subjects protections in 11 countries: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Kuwait, Malawi, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania.
- International Compilation of Human Research Protections. US Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). Lists the approximately 1,100 laws, regulations, and guidelines that govern human subjects research in over 100 countries, as well as standards from a number of international and regional organizations.
- UNESCO Global Ethics Observatory includes a database containing ethics related legislation and guidelines from 34 countries.
Research Ethics Committees
- Global Health Reviewers
A "resource for all those involved in the ethical and regulatory review of research, particularly in resource-limited settings. A variety of materials and forums are provided to assist committee members from Ethics Review Committees, Institutional Review Boards, and Food and Drug Administration regulatory committees."
- Iberoamerican Bioethics Network
The network, with headquarters at FLACSO-Argentina, has subcoordinator centers in Brazil, Mexico and Spain. The Iberoamerican Bioethics Network is a dependent of the IAB (International Association of Bioethics).
- Inventory of research ethics committees in Africa and for Latin America and the Caribbean
From Health Research Web, the inventory includes contact information for each REC.
- IRB Primer: Incidental and Secondary Findings
From the from the U.S. Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, the IRB Primer is designed to help institutional review boards (IRBs) understand and implement the Bioethics Commission's recommendations regarding how to manage incidental and secondary findings ethically in the research setting.
- Research Ethics in Africa, by Mariana Kruger, Paul Ndebele, Lyn Horn
This free e-book for research ethics committee members focuses on research ethics issues in Africa.
- Strategic Initiative for Developing Capacity in Ethical Review (SIDCER)
A network of independently established regional fora for ethical review committees, health researchers and invited partner organizations with an interest in the development of ethical review. The regional fora are composed of Asia and Western Pacific (FERCAP), former Russian states (FECCIS), Latin America (FLACEIS), Africa (PABIN) and North America (FOCUS).
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Updated May 2015