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Child research in South Africa: How do the new regulations help?

Ann Elaine Strode, Catherine May Slack

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Child research is governed by legal norms in the National Health Act (2003) and the Regulations. There is increasing harmony between the two on many issues, including the conditions under which children should be enrolled in research. The most striking disjuncture in the ethical-legal framework remains the allowable consent strategy for child research, where the law requires mandatory parental or legal guardian consent for all child research, while ethical guidelines afford research stakeholders the discretion to implement exceptions to this approach in specific justifiable circumstances.

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Ann Elaine Strode, HIV/AIDS Vaccines Ethics Group, School of Applied Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Catherine May Slack, HIV/AIDS Vaccines Ethics Group, School of Applied Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

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Minors; Child; Law; Research; South Africa; Human subjects; Research with children

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South African Medical Journal 2015;105(11):899-900. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2015.v105i11.9838

Article History

Date submitted: 2015-06-12
Date published: 2015-10-09

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