4. Institutional Requirements

Institutions where biomedical research is conducted (for example, hospitals, research institutions and universities) also bear responsibility for the ethical conduct of research involving humans. When researchers conduct their research abroad in other countries, their home institution maintains responsibility.

Governmental agencies that fund research, as well as many private and not-for-profit organisations, will often adopt research ethics guidelines that must be respected as a condition for funding. Well known examples, of such guidelines include:

  • US National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH Grants Policy Statement.

  • UK Wellcome Trust: Research involving people living in developing countries: Position statement and guidance notes for applicants.

  • EDCTP: EDCTP Guidelines on Ethics.