Ethics & Engagement across the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes

Ethical workshop in Hochiminh City, Vietnam

Dear all,

I do hope you are doing fine. I would like to share with you the progress of our activity. 

In mid of June, we organised a haft day Ethics workshop for ethical committee (EC) members from hospitals and institutions in Hochiminh City. The most successful section was a one-hour discussion on "challenges that members are facing during their work". 

Participants focused their dilemma between multiple roles: being research’s management, hospital’s management and principles for ethical review. One interesting debate was about whether or not the board should separate their roles in reviewing scientific and ethical aspects of the research study.
Another interesting topic is “EC’s roles in assessing and managing Protocol violation and Deviation” led by Ms Evelyne. This section was a combination of basic definition and pragmatic example which attracted the attention of all participants.
At the end of the workshop, some EC's members disclosed that this is a right forum for them to learn and share their challenges and they would like to have more of this in the future. Other members expressed that they would be happy if we could provide further training, cooperative opportunities (for them to work together). The workshop ending by many questions and thoughts in the mind of participants and promising future cooperations.

Best regards,


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Comment by Neema Mtunthama on July 18, 2016 at 7:18

Comment by Neema Mtunthama on July 18, 2016 at 7:21

Hi Thuy,

So nice to hear from you and the EC workshop! For interest's sake, are the EC review meetings open in Vietnam i.e. are researchers welcome to attend the meetings?

All the best.


Comment by Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy on July 18, 2016 at 8:28

Hi Neema,

Thanks Neema for your comment. The workshops initially closed to EC members only. In fact, they have multiple experiences, they used to be or are researchers at the moment. This time, we invited some senior researchers and it is a good idea to open to participants who are young researchers to get a wide range of views. 



Comment by Michael Parker on July 28, 2016 at 17:10

Hi Thuy,

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this. It sounds like a very interesting workshop. I have also often found that the most interesting and successful sections of workshops - or any training - are when people are asked to relate it to their own work. It sounds like you and Evelyne did a great job!

Best wishes


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