China’s New Research Ethics Guidelines

Flag of the People's Republic of ChinaThere has been plenty of concern, in North America and Europe, about Western drug companies conducting clinical trials in Africa and Asia. There have been calls for Western ethics boards to exercise extra scrutiny, but another piece of the puzzle, obviously, is good local regulations. In that regard, it’s interesting to note that just this week, the People’s Republic of China issued guidelines on the mandate and composition of research ethics committees. Here’s the story, from China Radio International: China Issues First Guidelines on Medical Ethics Committee

China on Monday issued its first guidelines regarding the operation and power of the medical ethics committee, which would strengthen the committee’s role of supervision and protecting the rights and interests of human subjects involved in clinical medical trials.

The guidelines, posted on the website of the State Food and Drug Administration (SDFA)….

Here’s the SDFA’s brief statement on the Guideline for Ethical Review of Drug Clinical Trials issued [Link no longer works]. The CRI article and the SDFA’s short statement are short on details, and the Guideline document itself does not yet seem to be available online. Stay tuned.

(Here’s the English-language version of the State Food and Drug Administration’s main website.)

~ by Chris MacDonald on November 13, 2010.

4 Responses to “China’s New Research Ethics Guidelines”

  1. where I can find a full copy of the recent guideliines?

  2. Hi there – From what we can see, it’s not available yet or at least not posted anywhere on the SDFA’s website that I can find. As of the story date, it wasn’t available online and apparently still isn’t! I would check back to the link to the SDFA page highlighted in the story and check back every so often. Thanks for reading!

  3. Hello, do you have any recent thoughts on research ethics in China? Also, the links above are not working. Thanks for any help.

    • Thanks for your note. No, nothing new. I’ve fixed one of the broken links, but the link to the announcement seems permanently broken so I’ve edited to indicate that.

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