A capacity building workshop on Ethics and Regulation of Clinical Trials in India, is being organized by Sama–Resource Group for Women and Health and will be held at Bhopal between December 18-19, 2013
A similar workshop was conducted at Delhi in February, 2013. Sama has been consistently working on the issues of rights violations and ethical misconduct in clinical trials in India over the last four years. In recent past there have been many examples of clinical trials that have taken place that disregarded ethical aspects and participant rights. At the levels of planning, design and implementation, there exists a striking lack of transparency thus jeopardizing the reliability and validity of drug research in the absence of adequate regulatory jurisdiction and systematic review of the industry. Recent parliamentary a standing committee reports on the functioning of the CDSCO office and on the clinical trials conducted by PATH validate the concerns raised by civil society groups. Subsequent developments in the regulatory framework for the clinical trials make it even more appropriate to discuss the issues regarding clinical trials.
In this context, we are organizing this capacity building workshop to inform and initiate dialogue with regard to existing regulatory and provisions regarding clinical trials.