International ethical guidelines revised
20 February 2017
Prof. Hans van Delden, professor of Medical Ethics at the Julius Center, is chair of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS). Established in 1949 by the WHO and UNESCO, this council draws up ethical guidelines for the protection of humans participating in medical scientific research.
Since 2011 Hans van Delden has also been a member of the committee charged with revising the international health-related research involving human subjects. The revised text was adopted on November 29, 2016. A milestone, also for Hans van Delden personally.
He says, "In 1964 the Declaration of Helsinki was drawn up. This four-page document contains guidelines and basic principles for carrying out scientific medical research on humans and the circumstances under which it is permitted. In the mid-1970s, the WHO asked CIOMS to revise the document. Especially Third-World countries...