IMPACT Justice and CARPHA Host Meeting on Human Subjects Legislation

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The Canadian Government funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) collaborated to sponsor a meeting to discuss model legislation to regulate research involving human participants.

This meeting was held in the Tides Room of the Radisson Aquatica Resort, Barbados from July 12th – 13th, 2017 and was chaired by Professor Velma Newton, Regional Project Director of the IMPACT Justice Project, who, with Dr. Derrick Aarons, Ethicist, CARPHA welcomed participants on behalf of the sponsoring organizations.

Featured presenters, Dr. Aarons and Ms. Lydia Atkins, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Epidemiology Unit, Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations, St. Lucia led plenaries on:

  1. the Human Research Protection Framework and research in the Caribbean;
  2. the St. Lucia Clinical Trial Act of 2016; and
  3. Research on Ethics Regulation in 16 countries.

At the end of the meeting, those present had the opportunity to provide feedback on what they thought should be included in any model legislation to regulate the conduct of research involving human subjects in the Caribbean.

The twenty-one attendees included representatives from the medical and scientific communities, academia and Government from ten Caribbean countries.

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