Biomedical and Psicosocial Scientific Ethical Review Committees in Bolivia


  • Elizabeth C. Zwareva Mashiri Maryknoll Sisters of Saint Dominic


This article reports a study carried out in the cities of La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz in Bolivia. The interestwas to know the situation of bioethics in Bolivia and how research subjects are being protected.After revising some bioethical concepts, Bolivian legislation and study methods, results revealed great lack of knowledge on howto protect research subjects, due to the almost absence or inadequate functioning of scientific ethical review committees.


research subjects, ethics committee, bioethics principles, human dignity

Author Biography

Elizabeth C. Zwareva Mashiri, Maryknoll Sisters of Saint Dominic

Maryknoll Sisters of Saint Dominic, Bolivia. Becaria del Programa de Ética de la Investigación Biomédica y Psicosocial, Fogarty Internacional Center, Grant R25 TW006056, 2007