Vol , Issue Date of Publication: February 29, 2024
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20529/IJME.2024.016

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Research on emerging infectious diseases: pros and cons of centralised government controls

Raman Swathy Vaman
Abstract:
As the world grapples with the constant threat of new pathogens, the role of government oversight in research and response efforts has become a topic of considerable debate in the academic community. In the recently released “SOP [standard operating procedure] for Nipah virus research in Kerala for studies involving human participants / human samples” by the Government of Kerala, the SOP, apart from administrative permission, requires the proposal to be cleared by the Institutional Research Committee at a Government Medical College, and the inclusion of an investigator from a government institution [1]. In these challenging times, it is crucial to weigh the pros and cons of stringent administrative controls to ensure an effective and ethical approach to tackling emerging infectious diseases.


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