Highest National & International Ethical Standards
Research involving human participants is necessary, in order to advance knowledge in the field of biomedical science. However, there are many examples throughout history of human research subjects, being treated unethically and of atrocities in relation to human research having occurred throughout the world.
Therefore, regulations, guidelines and ethical codes of conduct are required to ensure that the rights and welfare of research participants are protected and to ensure that similar events are not repeated. The following sections provide an overview of the important guidelines and legislation with regard to clinical trials, from an Irish and European perspective in particular.
All studies undertaken at the CRC must comply with the highest national and international ethical standards. Specifically all studies must be reviewed and approved by the hospital Research Ethics Committe (REC) prior to initiation.
In this section detailed information on core ethical principles and guidelines is provided. This information has been compiled as part of the Dublin Centre for Clinical Research staff orientation package working group, chaired by Ms. Mary McGrath.