EUREC at the Forum for Ethical Review Committees in the Asian and Western Pacific Region conference

EUREC, the European Network of Research Ethics Committees, a member of the VERITY consortium, recently participated in the Forum for Ethical Review Committees in the Asian and Western Pacific Region (FERCAP) conference, held in Malaysia from 26 to 28 November. FERCAP, a project initiated in 2000 by bioethicists and medical experts, aims to improve the understanding and implementation of ethical review of biomedical and behavioural research in the Asian and Western Pacific region. With its regional office located at the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences at Thammasat University and funded by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Special Training and Research Programme in Tropical Diseases (TDR), FERCAP serves as the Asian regional forum within the Strategic Initiative for Developing Capacity in Ethical Review (SIDCER).

During the conference, EUREC had the opportunity to engage in a meaningful exchange with VERITY ADIM Board Member Cristina Torres, who also played a key role in organising the FERCAP event. In her presentation on 28 November, Prof. Torres addressed the crucial topic of “Ethical issues in conducting research in community settings”. Her presentation highlighted the importance of building trust in research practices. In particular, she addressed the complex issue of trust in the context of vaccination, noting the challenge that arises when doctors, traditionally the most trusted figures in vaccination matters, are involved in research that directly affects their own patients.

The FERCAP conference provided a platform for stakeholders such as EUREC to collaborate on a systems approach to addressing relevant health research issues in the region. EUREC’s active participation reflects its commitment to promoting international collaboration and ethical considerations in the ever-evolving landscape of biomedical and behavioural research.