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General Principles for NICHD Clinical Research

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The NICHD strives to abide by the following general principles in its design and conduct of clinical research.


The NICHD will ensure transparency by:

  • Openly sharing what, how, where, and when we engage in clinical research projects
  • Committing to timely public dissemination of research results in an appropriate and understandable manner


The NICHD will ensure quality in:

  • The types of interactions between NICHD and stakeholders
  • The scientific advice offered
  • Clinical research review
  • Study design
  • Clinical research process
  • Presentation and reporting of results


The NICHD will ensure integrity in:

  • Review of study proposals
  • Implementation of study protocols
  • Conduct of clinical research
  • Collection, preservation and analysis of data
  • Evaluation of study results
  • Formulating recommendations


The NICHD will ensure trust:

  • From study participants in the planning, oversight and conduct of clinical research to respect and protect their interests
  • Among investigators and study personnel through commitment to shared goals and quality of study implementation
  • Between investigators and the NICHD through the fair allocation of resources based on consensus public health priorities and scientific opportunities, willingness to listen and support, and providing unbiased scientific advice
  • Among NICHD staff through shared goals and transparency about the basis for decision making
  • Between the NICHD and stakeholders by acting as responsible trustees of public resources and research agenda

Transparency, Quality, Integrity and Trust are our T(i)QIT (“TICKET”).

Last Reviewed: 03/06/2007
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