Tools for International Researchers

June 01, 2009 — Miami, FL —

The Ethics Programs’ Health Research Ethics in the Americas project offers links to regional and local information, regulations and references about issues and controversies regarding research ethics in the Americas.

Clinical trials in the Latin American and Caribbean region are increasing. Most of them are financed by the pharmaceutical industry and by governments from developed countries. Review committees for scientific research do not always seem to function effectively. Additionally, rules and regulations for biomedical research are not (generally)enforced by law or regulatory bodies.

In addition to a country-by-country suite of resources below, we also maintain a bibliography of general resources and a list of selected Web sites.

UM Ethics Programs have sponsored a number of conferences on international research ethics. See the Archive for conference programs.

For more information on the project, contact Sergio Litewka.

Of Related Interest:

International Compilation of Human Research Protections: This OHRP compilation “lists the approximately 900 laws, regulations, and guidelines that govern human subjects research in 84 countries, as well as from a number of international and regional organizations.”

RAND Corporation report, “Guiding Good Research: Biomedical Research Ethics and Ethics Review,” available as a pdf document.

Health Research Systems Development:: The Council on Health Research for Development has issued a report, “Supporting health research systems development in Latin America,” available as a pdf document.

Special Announcement: The new James F. Drane Bioethics Institute at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania — named to honor one of the leading figures in Pan American ethics — offers fellowship support for students and scholars “to contribute to the development of a distinct Latin American Bioethics ...” For more information, visit the institute’s website.


South America

  * Argentina
  * Bolivia
  * Brazil
  * Chile
  * Colombia
  * Costa Rica
  * Ecuador
  * Mexico
  * Nicaragua
  * Peru
  * Uruguay
  * Venezuela

Regional Resources

  * Cuba
  * Jamaica
  * Grenada
  * Trinidad and Tobago


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