Supporting Ethical Research

Ethical research is research that:

  • Upholds the core ethical principles of respect for persons, beneficence and justice
  • Protects rights, safety and the well-being of human subjects
  • Is compliant with all applicable statutory regulations and guidelines

Criteria for approval of a given research study

In order to be approved for a clinical study at one of RSDH’s exceptional research hospitals, the following criteria must be met in full:

  • Scientific design and method of the study – research is ethically acceptable only if it relies on valid scientific methods
  • Risks and potential benefits – risks are minimised, and are reasonable in relation to anticipated benefits
  • Appropriate selection of study population and recruitment of research participants
  • Inducements, financial benefits, and financial costs – the amount and method of payment to subjects is such as to assure they neither present problems of coercion or undue influence on the trial subjects
  • Protection of research participants’ privacy and confidentiality
  • Includes an informed consent process
  • Respects community considerations