Healthcare benefits from conducting responsible medical research. Legal standards have been set for research that falls under the Medical Scientific Research Act (WMO). For research that is not covered by this law, no specific legal requirements apply. In consultation with field parties, a Standards Framework has been drawn up to ensure that such non-WMO research is conducted for good reasons and in a good fashion. These standards aim to provide a framework for both those who initiate the investigation, those who assess the investigation for legitimacy and for those who conduct the investigation.

The current Standards Framework relates to nWMO drug research initiated by pharmaceutical companies and can be downloaded here.

The Dutch version of the Standards can be downloaded here.