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Ethics

The applicants to the FP6 are required to identify possible ethical issues the proposed research project by ticking one or more "yes" in the Guide for Proposers checklist e.g.: research on human beings, human biological samples or embryos, research on animals or processing of personal data. Further along the way the applicants must prove that their project conforms to current legislation in the countries where the research will be carried out as well as to relevant EU legislation and international conventions and declarations. An ethical review will be implemented systematically by the Commission for proposals dealing with ethically sensitive issues. In specific cases, further ethical reviews may take place during the implementation of a project. FP6 will not fund:

  • Research activity aimed at human cloning for reproductive purposes,
  • Research activity intended to modify the genetic heritage of human beings which could make such changes heritable *
  • Research activity intended to create human embryos solely for the purpose of research or for the purpose of stem cell procurement, including by means of somatic cell nuclear transfer.

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* Research relating to cancer treatment of the gonads can be financed.

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