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Elections were held at the CIOMS 80th Executive Committee Meeting and XXI General Assembly on 20 November 2013, and we are pleased to announce the following new officers and members: 

 

 

 

Read more: General Assembly of CIOMS in Geneva

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A CIOMS INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP on “Considerations on benefit sharing” was held in conjunction with the General Assembly at WHO Headquarters on the same day between 08:45 to 11:45 on Wednesday, 20 November 2013.

Speakers were: Dr Stefano Semplici, Chair, International Bioethics Committee, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy; Dr Alex John London, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Dr Ruth Macklin, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA; and Dr Dirceu Greco, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Dr Rodolfo Saracci chaired the meeting.

CIOMS is very grateful for the contribution from all to a very successful meeting!

Members of this CIOMS Working Group at the second meeting held on 26-28 June 2013 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.In 2010 the executive board of CIOMS decided to revise the CIOMS ethical guidelines for biomedical research. The document was last revised in 2002 and since then, several developments have taken place, both in the field of biomedical research itself and in the field of research ethics. Among the latter developments is the recent revision of the Declaration of Helsinki in 2013.

Read more: CIOMS Working Group of the Revision of the 2002 CIOMS Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research

logoCiomsBlueThe Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) is an international, non-governmental, non-profit organization established jointly by WHO and UNESCO in 1949. In 2009 CIOMS celebrated the 60th anniversary of its creation.

Through its membership, CIOMS is representative of a substantial proportion of the biomedical scientific community. In 2013, the membership of CIOMS included 49 international, national and associate member organizations, representing many of the biomedical disciplines, national academies of sciences and medical research councils. The main objectives of CIOMS are:

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The CIOMS V Working Group (WG) met in a series of 8 formal meetings during the years 1997 to 2000. The printed version of their report” Current Challenges in Pharmacovigilance: Pragmatic Approaches” was published in 2001. The CIOMS WG V, through its report,  advocated acceptance for a wide range of proposals concerning issues covering terminology and definitions, common every-day practices such as follow-up of individual adverse events, the rational scheduling and content of periodic safety update reports (PSURs), the role of Internet and quantification of population drug use.The completed report, intended as a handbook for pharmacovigilance departments and still offering many pragmatic solutions to a number of issues, has been in great demand. CIOMS has now decided to make the publication available free of charge to download on its website.

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CIOMS Working Group on Vaccine SafetyA new CIOMS Working Group (WG) has been established to address issues related to the information exchange between stakeholders on vaccine safety. The formation of the new WG is linked to the activities of the Global Vaccine Safety Blueprint of WHO and its implementation plan, the Global Vaccine Safety Initiative (GVSI). It is a global strategic plan that aims at assisting low and middle income countries (LMIC) in their work with vaccine safety surveillance.

The importance of close collaboration between stakeholders is well recognized in vaccine pharmacovigilance activities, and guidance has been developed, in industrialized countries, for jointly planning these activities.

Read more: NEW! CIOMS Working Group on Vaccine Safety

IGP2012The 1985 International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals have been revised by an ad hoc committee appointed by the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) and the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS).

The revised International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals reflect current best practices and standards of care in laboratory animal medicine and science and provide a touchstone or framework of responsibility and oversight to ensure the appropriate use of animals.  They also may serve as a benchmark for advancing international collaboration in biomedical sciences.

It is hoped that international organizations and governmental agencies will adopt these revised International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals and that they will encourage use by the scientific community worldwide.

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The Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) is happy to announce the above joint publication between the World Health Organization (WHO), CIOMS and one of its new members, the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR).

The report is an updated and extended version of a recent publication in Basic and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology (BCPT) and includes new chapters of special relevance to global health. CIOMS welcomes IUPHAR as a member.

Read more: New publication: The Role of Clinical Pharmacology in Health Care, Teaching and Research

logoCiomsBlueOn Tuesday, 27 November 2012, CIOMS held the 79th meeting of its Executive Committee (EC). The EC endorsed the general ambition to identify new issues of major relevance for the medical community where there is a need for review and global adoption of common principles and standards and to increase the interaction with member organizations and involvement of members of the EC in the activities of CIOMS, and to promote the work of CIOMS.

The Secretary-General presented a summary of the most important events and achievements over the year.

The programme for 2013 was also presented within the area of Drug Development and Use.

Read more: CIOMS Executive Commitee Meeting: 79th Session in Salle G, WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland

CIOMS Working Group on research ethicsAt its 78th Executive Committee Meeting in November 2011, CIOMS decided to initiate a review procedure of its Guidelines on Ethics in Biomedical Research published in 2002. The Guidelines are globally distributed and widely used.


Read more: First meeting of the new CIOMS Working Group on research ethics in Geneva

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  1. CIOMS Working Group IX on "Practical Considerations for Development and Application of a Toolkit for Medicinal Product Risk Management"
  2. CIOMS Working Group X on "Considerations for applying good meta-analysis practices to clinical safety data within the biopharmaceutical regulatory process"
  3. CIOMS Working Group on Standardised MedDRA Queries (SMQs)

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Clinical Pharmacology in Health Care, Teaching and Research  

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New Meetings

4th Vaccine Safety Working Group, UMC, Uppsala, Sweden, 20-21 May 2014

6th Working Group on Revision of CIOMS International Ethical Guidelines, Geneva, Switzerland, 21-23 May 2014

5th Vaccine Safety Working Group, Rabat, Morocco, 24-25 September 2014

8th Working Group X on Meta-analysis, Basel, Switzerland, 30 September – 1 October 2014

7th Working Group on Revision of CIOMS International Ethical Guidelines, Geneva, Switzerland, 12-14 November 2014

81st CIOMS Executive Committee Meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, 18 November 2014

Recent Meetings

5th Working Group on MedDRA, ICH, Geneva, Switzerland, 9-10 April 2014

5th Working Group on Revision of CIOMS International Ethical Guidelines, Utrecht, Netherlands, 26-28 February 2014

7th Working Group X on Meta-analysis, Durham, North Carolina, USA, 25-26 February 2014

3rd Vaccine Safety Working Group, CDC, Atlanta, GA, USA, 5-6 February 2014

CIOMS 80th Executive Committee Meeting, XXI General Assembly & Workshop, 20 November 2013, WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland

CIOMS 4th Working Group on Revision of CIOMS International Ethical Guidelines, 17-19 November 2013, WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland

CIOMS Working Group on Vaccine Safety 17-18 September  2013 , WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland

CIOMS WG X on Considerations for applying good meta-analysis practices to clinical safety data within the biopharmaceutical regulatory process, 12-13 September 2013, Singapore

CIOMS Working Group on the Review of 2002 International Ethical Guidelines, 26-28 June 2013, UMC, Utrecht, The Netherlands

CIOMS WG on Vaccine Safety, 29-30 May 2013 , EMA, London, UK

CIOMS Working Group on the Review of 2002 International Ethical Guidelines, 11-12 February 2013, Geneva, Switzerland

CIOMS Working Group X, 14-15 March 2013, MEB, Utrecht, The Netherlands

CIOMS Working Group IX, 18-19 March 2013, NDA, Stockholm, Sweden

MedDRA 3rd IWG Meeting, 9-10 April 2013, IFPMA/CIOMS, Geneva, Switzerland

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