Biomedical Regulation Workshop Shapes Long-term Goals

February 24, 2009 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Biomedical regulation experts convened at a joint MRC and Wellcome Trust workshop. A report of the meeting identifies a long-term goal – to analyse the wide range of issues associated with regulation and ultimately achieve an optimum regulatory environment to support biomedical research.

Regulation needs a multifaceted and considered approach, concluded participants of a workshop. Jointly sponsored by the MRC and the Wellcome Trust and held in London in May 2008, the workshop brought together representatives from academia (including biomedical researchers and lawyers), industry, Government, regulators, and overseas representatives. The participants aimed to consider how research involving human participants may be simplified, using comparative experiences from other areas of regulation.

The outcome of the event was clear agreement that regulation of biomedical medical research is necessary – protecting the public against the risks of untested medicines and other technologies, providing appropriate checks on commercial motives and scientists’ interests, and protecting participants in research and the researchers themselves.

It is also generally recognised that regulation is complex, with difficult balances between public benefit and participants, patient and consumer risk, and competing demands of stakeholders. Because of these complexities, all those involved in legislation and regulation need to work together to ensure that regulation neither inhibits important research nor fails to protect those concerned.

The full report of the workshop and a separate summary can be found on the MRC website under publications/ethics and guidance.

Medical Research Council



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