Public Citizen Comments on Draft Revision of the Declaration of Helsinki
June 14, 2013
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Public Citizen supports many of the proposed revisions to the World Health Organization's Declaration of Helsinki. However, Public Citizen expresses concern regarding one important statement — “the well-being of the individual research subject must take precedence over all other interests” — being characterized as “intended to be aspirational.” Such a comment undermines the value of this specific statement and the force of the entire document as a guide for physicians engaged in medical research.