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New International Ethical Guidelines for Research Involving Human Subjects

Robert J. Levine
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Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06510. Acknowledgments: Several passages in this editorial are derived from a lecture presented at the Eleventh Annual Meeting of the International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN), Cairo, Egypt, 26 January 1993, and from a commentary to be published in the INCLEN Newsletter. The CIOMS/WHO International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects can be obtained from CIOMS, c/o World Health Organization, Avenue Appia, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland.


Copyright 2004 by the American College of Physicians


Ann Intern Med. 1993;119(4):339-341. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-119-4-199308150-00016
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In March 1993, the Council of International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), issued their International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects [1]. This document, an extensive revision of the CIOMS-WHO guidelines published in 1982 [2], provides guidance for the proper application of the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki [34] and focuses particularly on research sponsored by or initiated in developed countries and carried out in developing countries.

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