Council For International Organizations Of Medical Sciences

Objectives and Mission: 

Facilitate and coordinate activities of international association members; act as coordinating centre among member international associations and national institutions; maintain collaborative relations with the United Nations and its specialized agencies, in particular with UNESCO and WHO; promote international activities in the field of biomedical sciences whenever the participation of several international association and national institution members is deemed necessary; serve the scientific interests of the international biomedical community in general; provide international fora for exploration of scientific and technical aspects of new developments in biology and medicine and of their social, ethical, administrative and legal implications.

General description: 

Most current CIOMS activities focus on drug development and use, and bioethics but CIOMS also has to its credit a series of publications emanating from another major programme: "Health Policy, Ethics and Human Values - An International Dialogue”. In the field of biomedical research involving human subjects, there have been successive versions of the CIOMS Guidelines on the subject (1982, 1993, and 2002). These have been conceived as forming a template for the practical implementation, particularly in developing countries, of the WMA's Declaration of Helsinki.  The 2002 Guidelines are now under revision by an international Working Group, to take into account new and emerging issues in research ethics.  CIOMS has also formulated and widely disseminated International Ethical Guidelines for Epidemiological Studies (2009).

Working Groups:
International Reporting of Adverse Drug Reactions
International Reporting of Periodic Drug-Safety Update Summaries
Guidelines for Preparing Core Clinical-Safety Information on Drugs
Benefit-Risk Balance for Marketed Drugs: Evaluating Safety Signals
Guidelines for Preparing Core Clinical-Safety Information on Drugs
Current Challenges in Pharmacovigilance: Pragmatic Approaches


Country Presence: 
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Field of Interest: 
Bioethics, Developing countries, Drugs, Ethics, Health, Health sciences, Persons with Disabilities, Rights of the child, Sciences, Standards