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The Declaration of Helsinki: Protecting Patient Rights in Biomedical Research Drug Discovery Technologies

The Declaration of Helsinki is the world's most widely recognised source of ethical guidance for biomedical research. Since its adoption in 1964, it has become the pre-eminent ethical guidance on health care research. Adherence to it is required by the World Health Organization and by many national governments, who refer to its provisions in their legislation. Scientists are often criticised for carrying out research in developing countries without following the Declaration, and some organisations and companies sponsoring research request that researchers receiving funding abide by its requirements.

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By Dr Delon Human, Secretary General of the World Medical Association

Dr Delon Human has been Secretary General of the WMA since 1998. He is a former family physician from Pretoria, South Africa and a past president of a branch of the Medical Association of South Africa. He qualified as a family practitioner in 1985 and spent some time at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England, conducting research in paediatric endocrinology. He then gained two further Masters degrees in Family Medicine and a Diploma in Child Health. In addition to his medical qualifications, Dr Human has also obtained an MBA from the European Business School.

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