Research ethics: respecting the fundamental principles and cultural differences

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The article describes the 10-year experience of distributing the TRREE project (Training and Resources in Research Ethics Evaluation). This is a free open e-learning program for specialists from the Clinical Research Ethics Committees on regulatory standards in this field. The survey of these specialists showed that there are similar needs for training in fundamental ethical principles related to human research, in accordance with the laws and regulations applicable in the respective countries, and in conducting an ethical assessment of the research protocol. TRREE operates in seven languages, providing access to national laws in ten languages related to research ethics and standards of GCP (Good Сlinical Рractice). The author asks whether the module should be created in Russian.

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Dominique Sprumont

Institute of Health Law, University of Neuchâtel

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Email: medicine@oup.com

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Switzerland, Neuchâtel

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