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Colloque anglophone - Towards ethical guidance to protect healthy volunteers in biomedical research

Les 15 et 16 février 2022, en ligne

Par: Espace éthique/IDF /

Publié le : 24 Janvier 2022

Le colloque

Healthy volunteers have always played a vital role in medical research to serve as controls for patient groups allowing them to define the limits of "normal." They are also required to test new medical strategies, including more or less invasive medical tests, drugs or medical devices. Their role has been exemplified during the COVID-19 pandemia allowing the rapid development of effective vaccines. However, exposing healthy people to unknown risks raises complex ethical issues.
Initiated by a working group of Inserm ethics committee, this meeting aims at paving the way to elaborate an international consensus and guidance in biomedical research involving healthy volunteers. It will allow discussion between the major actors of the biomedical research involving Healthy Volunteers, from the public and private sectors, for-profit or not, coming from industrialized countries and from countries with lower economic incomes. Our objectives are, on the one hand, to identify the various research projects that expose these highly vulnerable participants and on the other hand, through exchanges between the actors gathered, to propose recommendations to allow a comprehensive ethical and responsible management of these researches.
Because most attendees will remotely participate in this meeting, discussions and interactions will be limited. We expect this first meeting to lay the foundations of a second in-person workshop that will be set up once international travel is possible again. We anticipate that from this first workshop we will be able to organize thematic working groups and will meet remotely to provide guidelines for concrete good practice on the ethical involvement of healthy volunteers, which will be approved during the second workshop.