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The European Group on Ethics (EGE) is an independent, pluralist and multidisciplinary body, which advises the European Commission on ethical aspects of science and new technologies in connection with the preparation and implementation of Community legislation or policies.
The Group is composed of twelve independent high level experts appointed by the Commission for their individual expertise and personal qualities.
During its first mandate the EGE (1998-2000) provided Opinions on subjects as diverse as human tissue banking, human embryo research, personal health data in the information society, doping in sport and human stem cell research.
In April 2001 the Commission appointed the current twelve Members for the second mandate period (2001-2004). Under this second mandate, the Group has published Opinions on the ethical aspects of patenting inventions involving human stem cells (N° 16, 7 May 2002), clinical research in developing countries (N° 17, 4 February 2003), genetic testing in the workplace (N° 18, 28 July 2003), and on umbilical cord blood banking (N° 19, 16 March 2004).
The Group is currently finalising its 20th Opinion on “the Ethical Aspects of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Implants in the Human Body”.
In preparing its opinions, the EGE engages in a broad consultation, involving individual experts, representatives of European institutions and other international institutions as well as representatives of civil society. The roundtable organised by the European Group on Ethics was held on 21 December 2004, in order to promote a transparent dialogue between parties representing many different interests.
The report is a summary of the presentations and discussions which took place in Amsterdam.

Additional information

Authors: No author stated, European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies to the European Commission, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2005, 81 pp., free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KA-65-05-876-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN 92-894-9035-7
Record Number: 200618577 / Last updated on: 2006-06-19
Original language: en
Available languages: en