Ethics and health

List of Ethics and health publications

Casebook on Ethical Issues in International Health Research

Standards and Operational Guidance for Ethics Review of Health-Related Research with Human Participants

Guidance on ethics of Tuberculosis prevention, care and control

Research ethics committees: basic concepts for capacity-building

This manual describes basic concepts, including ethical analysis, risk/benefit evaluation, confidentiality and the informed-consent process, along with the role of the research ethics committee, the organization of a training programme and the issue of financial conflicts of interest.

Research Ethics in International Epidemic Response: WHO Technical Consultation

Addressing ethical issues in pandemic influenza planning

This volume is intended to complement the WHO guidance document "Ethical considerations in developing a public health response to pandemic influenza”, by providing a more comprehensive analysis of the ethical and policy issues which WHO considered in its deliberations.

Ethical considerations in developing a public health response to pandemic influenza

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Conclusions and recommendations of a technical meeting and an international consultation to examine the ethical issues raised by a potential influenza pandemic.

Global consultation on addressing ethical issues in pandemic influenza planning

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Equity and Fair Process in Scaling Up Antiretroviral Treatment: Potentials and Challenges in the United Republic of Tanzania

Basic Principles for Treatment and Psychosocial Support of Drug Dependent People Living with HIV/AIDS

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Life science research: opportunities and risks for public health

Guidance on ethics and equitable access to HIV/AIDS treatment and care

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Consultation on ethics and equitable access to treatment and care for HIV/AIDS

Ethics, access and safety in tissue and organ transplantation

Use of placebos in vaccine trials

ONEC database

Following the 8th Global Summit of National Bioethics Advisory Bodies, The Global Health Ethics Unit at WHO that provides the permanent secretariat for the Global Summit started developing a database containing Opinions submitted by National Ethics Committees (ONEC). The ONEC database is hosted in WHO and is accessible through a public website. . The goal of this initiative is to provide easy, free, permanent and secure access to information and opinions submitted by National Ethics Committees.

International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP)

The main aim of the WHO ICTRP is to improve research transparency and strengthen the validity and value of the scientific evidence base by facilitating the prospective registration of the WHO Trial Registration Data Set on all clinical trials, and the public accessibility of that information.

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Department of Knowledge, Ethics and Research
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