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Experimenting on children? Event

Health Ethics and Law (HEAL)
15:15 - 17:15
9 October 2013
Building 4 Rook 2055

For more information regarding this event, please email Dr Caroline Jones or Dr A.M. Viens at .

Event details

The Centre for Health Ethics and Law (HEAL) invite you to a HEAL roundtable discussion of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics’ consultation, ‘Children and Clinical research: ethical issues’.

On 7 August 2013, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics (NCOB) launched its consultation on the ethical issues arising from involving children in clinical research. As noted by the NCOB, there is a lack of clarity around some questions regarding children’s participation in clinical research. For example, there is no reported case law on whether Gillick competency applies in a clinical research setting, although the legal position for clinical trials for new medicines IS clearly laid out in the relevant regulations, such that children under 16 cannot – in law – make their own decisions about participating in a clinical trial (consent of a parent with parental responsibility is required).

There are complicating factors, including practical and financial issues – ie what will companies fund, in the short and long term? And, more obviously, questions about ‘best interests’ for the children in question – when children have been and are perceived as a ‘vulnerable’ group.
HEAL will be responding to the consultation, and the roundtable discussion will feed directly into our response.

Speaker information

Dr Carolline Jones,The discussion will be chaired by Dr Caroline Jones, Senior Lecturer in Law

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