Before undertaking research involving subjects in developing communities, the researcher must ensure that:
- People in developing communities do not participate regularly in research that can be done reasonably in developed communities;
- The research meets the needs of food and nutrition security and the priorities of the community in which it takes place;
- Make everything possible to safeguard the ethical imperative that the consent of each subject is informed; and
- The research project has been reviewed and approved by a Committee of ethical evaluation that has among its members or consultants persons who know the Customs and traditions of the community.
(Excerpts from Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) in collaboration with the World Health Organization, International ethical guidelines for biomedical research involving human subjects, Scientific Publication 563, Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization [PAHO / WHO], Washington, 1996.)