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Gabon establishes national ethics committee
Date:3/26/2009

independent research ethics committee. The research ethics committee must ensure that all studies are conducted in accordance with international ethics codes and guidelines. The ultimate goal of ethical review is that the dignity, rights, safety and wellbeing of research participants are protected.

In many African countries, ethics review capacity needs to be strengthened. Inadequate training, limited infrastructural facilities and lack of funding remain a big challenge. As the number of clinical trials conducted in Africa is growing, so is the requirement to empower the countries of Africa to conduct their own safety reviews of those trials. Currently, a number of organisations such as EDCTP, WHO, UNESCO, AMANET, COHRED and others are working hand-in-hand to help those countries to create and strengthen their institutional and National Bioethics Committees.

EDCTP strengthening of ethics committees in Africa

EDCTP is involved in the assessment of the ethics and regulatory environment of the countries where EDCTP-funded trials will be conducted and provides support in these areas. The ultimate aim is to reinforce the African ethics and regulatory environment in the long term. EDCTP has funded research ethics committees in Zimbabwe, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda and Gabon and is working hand-in-hand with COHRED to map ethics and regulatory capacity in Africa and with the World Health Organization (WHO) to strengthen the National Regulatory framework.


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