Dr. Fawzi Al- Hammouri, Chairman of the Private Hospitals Association, participated in the Jordanian National Consultation on the Legislation of Science and Technology Ethics in the Arab region which was held on Monday 17/12/2018 under the patronage of HRH Prince El Hassan Bin Talal, head of the Higher Council for Science and Technology and Chairman of the royal scientific society and which was organized by the Royal Scientific Society, which is chaired by Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya Bint Al Hassan, the Special Envoy for Science for Peace / UNESCO.
Dr. Al- Hammouri, who participated in the workshop as a representative of the health sector, reviewed the importance of issuing this law, which regulates the ethics of scientific research, stressing that this document becomes more important when it comes to medical research which includes experiments on humans.
He pointed out that medical progress depends mainly on scientific research, which is a fundamental part of the global health system, and it is not possible to develop health care (diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases) without scientific research.
He spoke about the Declaration of Helsinki, which was launched by the World Medical Association in 1964 to regulate the conduct of medical and pharmaceutical experiments on human beings. Pointing out that those who carry out research and medical and pharmaceutical experiments must abide by the provisions of the Helsinki Convention, which was amended in 1975 and stipulates that the doctor's mission is to protect human health. The Declaration of Geneva of the World Medical Association binds the physician with the words, ‘‘The health of my patient will be my first consideration’’ and the International Code of Medical Ethics declares that ‘‘A physician shall act only in the patient’s interest when providing medical care which might have the effect of weakening the physical and mental condition of the patient’’.
Dr. Al- Hammouri presented comparisons of medical studies published in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia compared to other countries. The number of graduate studies in 2016 in the Arab world is 11,767, compared to 560,000 in the whole world. In another study for the period 1996-2012, Arab medical research reached 76,000, while Turkish medical research reached 121,000.
Dr. Al- Hammouri pointed out that Jordan is superior in the field of medical services and became the first destination for medical tourism in the region. He added that in order to preserve this excellence, scientific research, particularly clinical research, a support is needed to strengthen the scientific research approach of school and university students so that scientific research becomes a pre-graduation requirement. He said that it is necessary to provide technical capabilities and training on the mechanisms of scientific research and write the results of research and be published in documented scientific journals and provide financial resources for researchers, in addition to stimulating partnerships in research locally and internationally.