15.9.2010  Amendments to the medical research act

The scope of application of the Medical Research Act will be extended. The amendment of the Medical Research Act involves that all those research studies in the field of nursing and health science that intervene in the integrity of a person are covered by statutory prior evaluation in regard to issues pertaining to research ethics. Furthermore, the prior ethical evaluation of medical research studies is concentrated in the regional ethics committees set up by the university hospital districts for their special catchment areas.

In the same connection, the status, tasks and name of the Sub-Committee on Medical Research Ethics will be changed. A National Committee on Medical Research Ethics will be established under the auspices of the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira), which will support, monitor and guide the work of the regional committees and serve as an expert body in issues pertaining to research ethics. The task of the National Committee is to issue an ethical evaluation of all clinical trials of pharmaceuticals carried out in Finland, unless it decides to assign this duty to a regional ethics committee.

The President of the Republic approved the Amended Act on Friday 10 September, and it enters into force on 1 October 2010.

Contact information of the National Committee on Research Ethics:

Lintulahdenkuja 4
FI-00530 Helsinki

Postal address:
POB 210, FI-00531 Helsinki

tel. (09) 772920 

Internet address:


Further information:

Outi Konttinen, Senior Officer, gsm: 050 512 0659


14.6.2010  TUKIJA's new website

The new website of the Sub-Committee on Medical Research Ethics (TUKIJA) went live on 14 June. The new website contains a wide range of information on TUKIJA's operations, research ethics, and partners, for example.

TUKIJA now has its own website, separate from the online service of the National Advisory Board on Social Welfare and Health Care Ethics.


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