Announcements A Joint Statement on Technical, legal, ethical and implementation concerns regarding Aarogya Setu and other apps introduced during COVID-19 in India by Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA), Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF), Forum for Medical Ethics Society (FMES), and All India People’s Science Network (AIPSN)   |   Submission to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on behalf of Hub5 (HEaL Institute, APU, Seher-CHSJ, and IAPH) – COPASAH on human rights issues confronted by ASHAS and ANMs during the Covid-19 pandemic | Aug 7, 2020   |   Letter to MMC by FMES, PUCL-MH, FAOW, and MFC urging to restore its order suspending licenses of two doctors accused of abetting the suicide of Dr Payal Tadvi

Is regulation serving the intended purpose?

The threat posed by unregulated uterus transplants is the subject of one editorial in this issue, while the other presents an overview of the revised CIOMS research guidelines of 2016. Our Theme section focuses on the same revisions, with scholars examining whether they focus adequately on vulnerability and social justice; whether the CIOMS should at all try to guide research policies in the global South; and whether they have struck a balance between protection of participants and the need for scientific progress.

An author analyses the concept of real and valid consent in the Indian legal context, while a comment hails a recent Bombay High Court judgment which recognises a woman’s absolute right to abortion. Bringing change into medical education is the subject of three articles, which emphasise the importance of reflective narratives and interactive group discussion in invigorating ethics teaching, and of consistency in the various entrance and “exit exams”. Of two reports , one highlights the issues raised at the Sixth NBC and the other exposes the failure of the National Health Mission to ensure security for its women health activists.

Finally we have a stimulating debate on the need to have truth in research labelling and to seal legal loopholes allowing for “post hoc adjustment” of trial results. All this, and a couple of perceptive book reviews and correspondence continuing the debate on the limits of an ethics journal’s scope.

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Sunita VS Bandewar
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Satendra Singh, Purnima Barua, Upreet Dhaliwal, Navjeevan Singh
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Jashodhara Dasgupta, Jayashree Velankar, Pritisha Borah, Gangotri Hazarika Nath
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