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The revised Helsinki Declaration: is it enough?

In this article Asad Jamil Raja discusses some of the revised provisions in the 2000 revision of the Declaration of Helsinki and considers their implications for developing countries. Two points singled out for particular consideration are paragraph 19 (which requires a "reasonable likelihood" that research populations will benefit from the results of research) and the controversial paragraph 30 (which concerns what should happen after research).

The article goes on to consider the role of the pharmaceutical industry in medical research and proposes three measures to improve the ethics of healthcare: an examination of the ethics of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, for the World Health Organisation to play a more proactive role in resource allocation for global healthcare and health research, and measures to strengthen the capacity for ethical review in developing countries.

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