GCP: a universal call for ethics in biomedical research

today, the principles of good clinical practice (GCP) form such an integral part of the development of new medicines that they could easily be taken for granted. yet, the road to a universal code of ethics in human experimentation is paved with tragedies which have only gradually led to tightened rules on human experimentation. this article traces the historical roots of GCP and takes a look at the role GCP principles play in the life of the medical writer.