Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 315–332 | Cite as

The Admissibility of Research in Emergency Medicine

Original Paper


The main goal in this paper is to present the legal rules connected with medical experiment on human beings in emergency medicine and to explain the scope, significance, and meaning of these rules, especially with regard to their interpretation. As the provisions about medical experiments truly make sense only if they can be observed by the whole “civilised” international community, they are presented in the context of international law with reference to Polish law. By considering the appropriate regulations of research contained in legal documents, it is possible to formulate a catalogue of doctors’ duties and patients’ rights. This general catalogue refers to all kinds of medical research involving human beings. In the field of emergency medicine, general provisions are sometimes involved, and they are sometimes limited. The main and most important conclusion is that a medical experiment in emergency medicine is admissible only if previously indicated conditions based on general rules of conducting research are fulfilled.


Legal admissibility Medical experiments International law 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chair of Public International and European Law, Faculty of Law, Administration and EconomyWroclaw UniversityWroclawPoland

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