Developing World Bioethics
August 2017 Volume 17, Issue 2 Pages 61–140
The Saudi Law of Ethics of Research on Living Creatures and its Implementing Regulations (pages 63–69)
Version of Record online: 3 MAR 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/dewb.12114
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia passed a Law and Implementing Regulations of Ethics of Research on Living Creatures in 14/09/1431 Hijri (24/08/2010). We have performed an ethical analysis of this law and, accordingly, this paper discusses the major components, key strengths, and weaknesses of this law. The Saudi system considers Islamic Shariah in addition to international research ethics guidelines. The Law and its Implementing Regulations contain all ethical requirements for research. We conclude that this law can serve as an example, not only for other Arab countries in the region that have similar values and social structure to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but also for other Islamic countries.