Ethical review in medical research

Ethical review in medical research is regulated by law.

Ethical review in medical research is regulated separately in the Medical Research Act (488/1999). The scope of the Act encompasses medical research which involves intervention in the physical or psychological integrity of a person, human embryo or human foetus. Prior to the commencement of any research referred to in the Medical Research Act, the research must have been given a favourable statement by the regional medical ethics committee.

The Ethics Committee of the Hospital District of Southwest Finland Turku issues ethical review statements on medical research within the catchment area of Turku University Hospital.

The researchers of the University of Turku and the Hospital District of Southwest Finland may ask for personal guidance free of charge from Turku Clinical Research Centre to determine if the study falls within the scope of the Medical Research Act.