The Indian Journal of Medical Ethics is a platform for discussion on health care ethics, with special reference to the problems of developing countries. Research ethics is frequently covered, with papers potentially of interest for clinical data managers and clinical researchers both in the South and the North.
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The last decade has witnessed a substantial increase of multi-centre, public health-oriented clinical trials in poor countries. However, non-commercial research groups have less staff and financial resources than traditional commercial sponsors, so the trial teams have to be creative to comply with Good Clinical Practices (GCP) requirements. This article hopes to feed the reflection on the methodological and ethical aspects of clinical trials carried out in developing countries by North-South collaborative research groups.