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"The Strategic Initiative for Developing Capacity in Ethical Review (SIDCER) is a network of independently established regional fora for ethical review committees, health researchers and invited partner organizations with an interest in the development of ethical review. The regional fora are composed of Asia and Western Pacific (FERCAP), former Russian states (FECCIS), Latin America (FLACEIS), Africa (PABIN) and North America (FOCUS). SIDCER formally began through the formation of these fora.

SIDCER provides a voice for human subjects research issues in national, regional, and international healthcare settings. The strength of the SIDCER lies in its partnership model that fosters a grassroots (bottoms-up) approach placing primary responsibility and decision-making authority in the hands of the Fora that operate at the local, national, and regional levels. The dedication and commitment of the regional Fora is the primary factor driving the project. The emphasis on valuing local knowledge and cultural understanding contributes critically to the SIDCERís evolution and success.

SIDCER was established to address the fundamental ethical gaps and challenges encountered in health research globally. As an international partnership, SIDCER focuses its activities on developing global capacity in ethical review and Good Research Practices. It has developed out of the capacity-building activities of WHO/TDR in cooperation with the national and international research organizations. For the first few years of its existence, SIDCER will be a WHO/TDR collaborative initiative, and will become independent when it can sustain itself.

The primary objective of SIDCER is to contribute to human subject protections globally by developing capacity in ethical review and the ethics of health research.

Last Update: April 18, 2008
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