Research with human subjects is a systematic process for the achievement of new knowledge. Research?s goals are to improve quality of life, the wellbeing of the population and foster social progress in the areas of health and justice. Thus, the dignity of participants in research processes is safeguarded at all times.
Our region shows inequities that enhance vulnerability of some groups within our societies, for which research fulfils a relevant mission and fosters hope for improvement of individual and community life conditions. This vulnerability creates particular problems in the identification of needs and in the design and implementation of human subjects research. It is indispensable, therefore, to consider the commitment of health research with the particular characteristics of each community to avoid situations where there may be exploitation. In this way, there will be a match between the freedom for scientific creation and the health needs and priorities of populations.