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Responsible life sciences research for global health security



Vision and objectives

The WHO project on "Responsible life science research for global health security" promotes excellent, safe, secure and responsible life sciences research through an integrated approach that recommends investing capacities in three pillars supporting public health:

  • research excellence
  • ethics and;
  • biosafety and laboratory biosecurity.

The promotion of a culture of scientific integrity and excellence, distinguished by openness, honesty, accountability and responsibility, is the best protection against the possibility of accidents and deliberate misuse of life sciences research and offers the best prospect for scientific progress and development.

The project is aimed at:

  • Developing a cross-sectional and integrated approach to the issue of responsible life sciences research for global health security;
  • Providing support to Member States to:
    • assess their strengths and weaknesses associated with the three above pillars by using the self-assessment questionnaire on responsible life sciences research for global health security;
    • identify priority areas for action for contributing to good quality, safe, secure and responsible research practices across the life sciences; and
    • facilitate the delivery of technical expertise and training identified by country/institutions.

Responsible life sciences research for global health security
A guidance document