The SIDCER Mission, Guiding Principles, and Objectives

The SIDCER Mission

The SIDCER mission lies in fostering competent, independent, in-country decision making for promoting responsible conduct of human research through its international network of Fora and monitoring the quality and effectiveness of ethics review worldwide, with mutual understanding and respect for cultural, regional and national differences.

The SIDCER Guiding Principles

SIDCER accomplishes its mission by actively translating the following principles into action in all of its engagements:

  • the promotion and protection of the dignity of the human person;
  • the respect of cultural diversity and ethical values across societies;
  • the promotion of independence in decision-making;
  • the development of partnerships extending across borders and sectors dedicated to the value of the human person in research as extending above and beyond all other values;
  • the pursuit of social justice;
  • the pursuit of peace.

The SIDCER Objectives

The primary objective of SIDCER is to contribute to human subjects protections globally by developing capacity in ethical review and the ethics of health research. SIDCER achieves this goal through the following activities:

  • developing regional and local fora for members of ethical review committees;
  • soliciting and providing support for established regional and local fora, as appropriate;
  • fostering partnerships at national, regional, and international levels with other entities sharing common values and common goals;
  • promoting the development and implementation of actions designed to improve the quality of ethical review;
  • facilitating and supporting education in biomedical research ethics related to research reviews, to collaborate with universities, international academies, and other relevant institutions and organizations;
  • assisting in the collection, development, and distribution of educational materials for members of ethical review committees;
  • promoting regional and country workshops for the implementation of the Operational Guidelines for Ethics Committees That Review Biomedical Research;
  • participating in international discussions on research ethics;
  • facilitating resource mobilization that ensures the sustainability of regional and country activities.