n South African Medical Journal - Compensation for research injuries : thoughts from a human research ethics committee chair : editorial

Volume 104, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The case for research injury compensation following a clinical trial is the first I am aware of in South African (SA) courts during my service on research ethics committees (RECs) since 1974. Moreover, of the several thousand clinical trials approved in the past 40 years by the Human Research Ethics Committee (Medical) at the University of the Witwatersrand, there has been only one claim for compensation for a research injury of an enduring nature. In this case, about a decade ago, a participant in a clinical trial developed idiopathic hypertension; the sponsor agreed that this was trial related, and has provided long-term care for the hypertension without a need to approach the courts.

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