Need of ethics in medical research stressed

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Salim Ahmed

Lahore—The concept of mandatory ethical review of research involving human and animal subjects, though gradually taking root in Pakistani institutions, still faces several daunting challenges, some of which threaten its credibility in the country.
This was noted by the experts during a workshop organized here at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Tuesday.
The workshop on “Ethics in Research and Clinical Practice” was organized in collaboration with the Centre of Biomedical Ethics and Culture (CBEC), Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation, Karachi. UHS Allied Health Sciences department’s head Dr. Saqib Mehmood was the Chief Organizer. It was attended by the faculty members of UHS affiliated medical institutions.
CBEC Chairperson Prof. Farhat Moazam said the lack of monitoring, interference from institutional hierarchy, and an inconsistent application of the ethical review process are some of the factors affecting the credibility of medical research in the country.