SIGN guidelines: transparency and objectivity

Hole Ousia

It has been a good while since I last wrote about SIGN Guidelines. In fact my last communication to SIGN was the following e-mail (of over a year-and-a- half ago) to the Chair of SIGN:

003 SIGN

I was concerned at that time that SIGN guidelines lacked in necessary governance regarding financial conflicts of interest.

Those that know me understand that I have an interest in ethics. That interest in itself does not make me more “ethical” than any other. I am however passionate about science. If science seeks to be objective we must insist on transparency. This is why I raised a petition for a Sunshine Act with the Scottish Parliament:

The Herald 31 Jan 2014

A year-and-a-half-on, whilst some improvements have been made by SIGN, my view is that these improvements are very far from sufficient. In terms of providing transparency of potential financial conflicts of interest my personal view is that SIGN compares poorly to…

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