Bioethics Resources for Investigators & Research Ethics Committees

A collection of resources for scientific investigators conducting research in the developing world, and ethics committees reviewing it.

Guidelines and Regulations

Guidelines (non-regulatory)

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


US Regulations

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.

Practical Aids

Research Ethics Committees

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Updated January 2017