International ethical guidelines for biomedical research involving human subjects

Bull Med Ethics. 2002 Oct;(182):17-23.


The CIOMS guidelines have been developed and revised with the problems of conducting medical research in less developed countries particularly in mind. The proposed guidelines were first published in 1982, revised in 1993, and have now been published in a third version after a revision process lasting three years. Last month the Bulletin published just one guideline and accompanying commentary. There now follow all the guidelines, without commentary, but with an appendix detailing what should be in a protocol.

Publication types

  • Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Protocols / standards*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic / ethics
  • Clinical Trials as Topic / standards
  • Developing Countries
  • Disclosure
  • Ethical Review
  • Guidelines as Topic*
  • Human Experimentation / standards*
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent
  • Internationality*
  • Patient Selection
  • Research Subjects
  • Risk Assessment
  • Vulnerable Populations