Human rights in research and development

Pharmaceutical research and drug development is a long process which can take up to 15 years. It involves understanding the biological foundations of a disease at the level of genes, proteins and cells, mobilizing multidisciplinary teams to identify the right molecule for a future potential drug, and testing the new compound for safety and efficacy through laboratory tests and clinical trials.

  • Prevent bio-piracy

  • Identify current/future unmet medical
    needs and commit to innovation for
    all patient categories

  • Adopt a position on key bioethics
    topics and monitor/minimise risks

  • Guarantee the rights, safety and integrity
    of participants in clinical trials

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  • Provide transparency and timely
    access to research data for scientific
    and patient communities

Key Stakeholders

Patient and
patient associations 
NGOs and
non-profit organizations 

Healthcare professionals
and scientific community 

Health authorities, governments
and international institutions 

Local communities
and citizens 




Examples of Sanofi's good practices

Ensure that all research participants, including vulnerable persons, have given individual
informed consent and that their rights to information on benefits/risks prior to consent
are respected and protected.

  • In 2012 Sanofi France produced a film for people considering taking part in clinical trials to explain the rules of informed consent (available in French only).
  • Sanofi Brazil developed a Free and Informed Consent form in a comic book format to improve understanding of clinical trials procedures among participants.

Human Rights

Right to health

Right to access
to information

Right to life, liberty
and security

Right to not be subjected without
one's free consent to medical
or scientific experimentation

Right to privacy