Governance of biomedical research in Singapore and the challenge of conflicts of interest
Ho, C.Wai.Loon.; De Castro, L.D.; Campbell, A.V.
Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics Cq the International Journal of Healthcare Ethics Committees 23(3): 288-296
ISSN/ISBN: 0963-1801 PMID: 24820092 DOI: 10.1017/s0963180113000893
This article discusses the establishment of a governance framework for biomedical research in Singapore. It focuses on the work of the Bioethics Advisory Committee (BAC), which has been instrumental in institutionalizing a governance framework, through the provision of recommendations to the government, and through the coordination of efforts among government agencies. However, developing capabilities in biomedical sciences presents challenges that are qualitatively different from those of past technologies. The state has a greater role to play in balancing conflicting and potentially irreconcilable economic, social, and political goals. This article analyzes the various ways by which the BAC has facilitated this.