On 9 December 2011 the Council held an exploratory workshop on the ethical issues raised by children taking part in clinical trials. This topic was identified at the 2010 Forward Look meeting and the workshop was held to help members decide whether the issue merits further examination by the Council.The workshop brought together Council members, staff and invited experts to consider the following key questions:

  • Are there ethical and regulatory issues affecting paediatric clinical trials on which new light could be shed and which if addressed could improve access to medicines for children?
  • Is there a place for the Nuffield Council to offer analysis or guidance that would not otherwise be available?

Following the workshop, Council Members will decide whether to take this forward as a project for the future.