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Informed Consent


Informed consent is a key concept in research ethics, and it has a central place in the Helsinki Declaration. In the randomized clinical trial, participants need to be informed about the potential risks and benefits of the treatment under study in order to make an informed decision before saying yes or no to the invitation […]

A New EU Directive for Data Protection in Europe


Many European epidemiologists will remember that the first draft EU proposed on Data Protection would have made it almost impossible to do epidemiologic research and many other types of research as well. Only after substantial consultations in Brussels by colleagues and patient organizations did we end up with a Directive that allowed (at least in […]

The Interphone study and limits of the case-control design


Studies that relate common exposures with life-threatening diseases tend to be received with great interest from public media and shape the public’s conception of epidemiology. Interphone is one of these studies and its first part of the combined Interphone study on mobile phone use and brain cancer was recently published in The Journal 1. The […]

Good Epidemiological Practice (GEP)



November, 2007

This document is based upon a document developed for the IEA-European Federation. The documentation has been substantially modified over the years. This latest version has been approved by Council.


In these guidelines, we begin by outlining the background to epidemiological […]

International Ethical Guidelines for Epidemiologic Studies Council For International Organizations Of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) in collaboration with the WHO


CIOMS has recently made their revised version of these guidelines available on the net but it is unclear if they are willing to accept amendments in the light of comments from the international epidemiological community. This Rapid Response is intended to provide IEA members with the encouragement to discuss the documents with the CIOMS and […]