Now on LactaHub: New open access ethics framework to guide biomedical research

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Zurich and Frauenfeld, Switzerland, 18 November 2021 – The University of Zurich (UZH) and the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation (FLRF) launch EFBRI – An Evolving Ethical Framework Informing Breastfeeding Research and Interventions, on LactaHub. 

EFBRI compiles ethical principles from established and accepted international standards. Its purpose is to streamline research processes for people working with breastfeeding mothers and children. With EFBRI, researchers and other stakeholders can align their work to universal research ethics standards, confidently and efficiently.

EFBRI is a modular, evolving framework. Module 1 – now on LactaHub – focuses on research. Module 2 – in development by UZH and expected in 2022 – will focus on interventions. Future modules will be shaped by user needs and globally evolving ethics. Ultimately, EFBRI can lay the groundwork for best practice ethics in healthcare policy, implementation and funding activities.

To inform EFBRI’s development, UZH and FLRF are inviting explicit user feedback and suggestions. Their aim: in the tradition of community science, build a globally applicable, real-life framework to safeguard the rights and dignity of everyone involved in breastfeeding and lactation research, no matter where in the world.

Discover more in the news release here, in English and German. 

Illustration: Nadja Stadelmann


About UZH

The University of Zurich (UZH) is the largest university in Switzerland with over 28,000 students. The UZH was founded in 1833 as the first university in Europe by a democratic state and is today one of the best universities in German-speaking countries. Seven faculties offer a wide range of study opportunities at bachelor, master and doctoral level. In addition, the UZH has a broad portfolio of further education.

About FLRF

The Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation, established in Switzerland in 2013, is an independent philanthropic organisation revitalising the breastfeeding journey from science to impact. We take a unique approach: our priority is to increase breastfeeding rates worldwide, so our focus is on helping build innovative, efficient pathways to get there. Our team supports and collaborates with researchers, policymakers, practitioners, government leaders and partner organisations working to ensure every child has an optimum start in life through the benefits of breastmilk.


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