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On 19 October 2013, the 64th General Assembly of the World Medical Association (WMA), gathered in Fortaleza –Brazil, adopted at a vast majority a revised version of the Declaration of Helsinki. The Declaration of Helsinki, first adopted in 1964, sets out ethical guidelines for all medical researchers investigating on human beings. It is a reference document internationally recognised in the medical research sector.

The major changes proposed introduce higher protection standards for vulnerable groups and compensation mechanisms in case an individual is harmed. The text also clarifies that participants shall be informed of the results of a trial and shall benefit from the resulting treatments.

Dr Katrín Fjeldsted, President of the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) said ‘The changes proposed in this new version will surely reinforce the protection of individuals undergoing research. The Declaration of Helsinki is a living document which the WMA progressively strengthened over the years. I am delighted that this document, which is an essential tool for physicians, reaches today such a high level of protection.”

The new version of the Declaration of Helsinki on ethical principles for medical research involving human beings is available on the website of the WMA: