• Revised Declaration of Helsinki Published for Comment, Earning Scathing Reviews

    Since 2012, the World Medical Association (WMA) has been working to update The Declaration of Helsinki , a document whose iterations form much of the backbone of the current practice of clinical trials ethics. And now, nearly a month after WMA officials said revisions had been completed, industry and the public is getting its first glimpses at the group's work. Background The Declaration of Helsinki was first adopted by the WMA during its Helsinki meeting in June 1964,...
  • As Revised Declaration of Helsinki Advances, Industry Left Waiting to See Changes

    The World Medical Association (WMA) has announced that its planned revisions to the Declaration of Helsinki, one of the most widely recognized ethical frameworks for the conduct of clinical studies, continues to move forward, with the most recent revision released to national medical associations-but not other stakeholders-as of 28 August 2013. Background The Declaration of Helsinki was first adopted by the WMA during its Helsinki meeting in June 1964, and has since bee...
  • Major Clinical Trials Ethics Framework Gets Update, Emphasizing Post-Trial Responsibilities

    A cornerstone of the global clinical trials ethical framework, the Declaration of Helsinki, has undergone a major revision and is now being released for public consultation, the World Medical Association (WMA), the document's steward, has said. Background The Declaration of Helsinki was first adopted by the WMA during its Helsinki meeting in June 1964, and has since been amended eight additional times. Its most current revision, if formally adopted, would mark its tenth...
  • World Medical Association Prepares to Revisit Declaration of Helsinki on Eve of 50th Anniversary

    The World Medical Association (WMA) is in the advanced stages of preparing to revise the Declaration of Helsinki, one of the cornerstones of international medical ethics, it has revealed. In a statement released in August 2012, WMA said it plans to hold the first in a series of meetings starting in December 2012 in South Africa to see if it is necessary to make changes to the previous 2008 iteration of the declaration. In a statement, Ramin Parsa-Parsi, chair of the ...