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Facing the future together, Conference on research ethics committees in Europe, Brussels, 27-28 January 2005-08-24

Funded under: FP6-SOCIETY


Ethics has become an integral component of governance, particularly as regards scientific research in Europe, both within the European Union�s research framework programme and also more generally. Ethics improves science and ensures that it is carried out in a responsible way and thus in line with the expectations of society. Research Ethics Committees bring together specialists and lay people to make sure that human rights and ethical standards are upheld whenever scientific research is conducted.
In January 2005, the European Commission held a conference entitled Research Ethics Committees in Europe: Facing the Future Together, which was attended by 300 representatives of Research Ethics Committees located in 32 different countries of the European Research Area. These people, whose responsibility is to evaluate, at local or regional level, all types of research protocols involving human beings, discussed the key issues that arise in managing and improving the ethical oversight of research. This brochure presents their key debates and conclusions.

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Authors: No Author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21470 EN (2005), 27pp. Free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-21470-EN-C Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32 2 295 8220 E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-9192-2
Record Number: 200518256 / Last updated on: 2005-07-19
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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