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
- Regulatory Clinical Trials Requirements - Country Specific Information. Division of AIDS, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Provides summaries of the regulatory requirements for conducting clinical trials in 46 countries around the world.
- 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 is 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."
- The Strategic Initiative for Developing Capacity in Ethical Review (SIDCER) is 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).
- Health Research Web has an inventory of research ethics committees in Africa and for Latin America and the Caribbean. It includes contact information for each REC.
- The Iberoamerican Bioethics Network also has its headquarters at FLACSO-Argentina. There are subcoordinator centers in Brazil, Mexico, and Spain. The Iberoamerican Bioethics Network is a dependent of the IAB (International Association of Bioethics).
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Updated November 2012