Public consultation on World Medical Association’s Declaration of Helsinki

The World Medical Association (WMA) has opened a two-month consultation on its Helsinki Declaration on medical research involving human subjects.

WMA invites all interested stakeholders to comment on the proposed changes to the text, which revised version has been posted on the WMA website. All experts and stakeholders are invited to submit their comments to the WMA secretariat no later than 15 June 2013.

The workgroup in charge of the revision announced that the proposed changes provide for more protection for vulnerable groups and all participants by including the issue of compensation, more precise and specific requirements for post-study arrangements and a more systematic approach to the use of placebos. In addition, the revised text maintains the unique character and length of the Declaration. It also provides better readability by reorganising and restructuring the document with sub headings.

The documents for public consultation can be downloaded here.

For more information on the consultation process, click here to go to the World Medical Association's website.