Research is an essential component of public health emergency preparedness and response. Therefore, it is essential to be able to carry out research as soon as a health emergency begins and to ensure that it is carried out in an ethical manner.
This Pan American Health Organization publication, published originally in Spanish, provides direction for strategies and guidelines on modifying ethical oversight processes in emergency situations, ethically monitoring ongoing research in the face of new evidence, and overcoming other ethical challenges that arise when doing research in public health emergencies. It also provides guidance so that the emergency use of unproven interventions outside of a research setting is carried out in an ethical manner. Finally, it includes the lessons learned in the Region of the Americas during the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations resulting from a regional reflection exercise aimed at improving ethical preparation for conducting research during future health emergencies.
Challenges and lessons to be learned in Latin America and the Caribbean: Regional dialogues on research ethics during the pandemic (2020-2021)
Indicators for strengthening national research ethics systems: Series of regional sessions (2021)
Catalyzing ethical research in emergencies: Regional dialogues on the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and pending agenda (2022)