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BIOETHICAL ASPECTS OF BIOTECHNOLOGY IN THE AGROFOOD SECTOR

Objective

The objective of this project is to coordinate a network of leading experts throughout Europe in carrying out a series of studies on the bioethical aspects of biotechnology applied to the agricultural, fisheries and food sector. These studies are also in preparation for a European conference proposed by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and supported by its Committee of Ministers to aid in determining the desirability of drawing up a European Convention covering the bioethical aspects of biotechnology in this sector.

The studies will be carried out by leading scientists, ethicists and experts in the patenting and regulatory fields from throughout the European Union concerned with applications of biotechnology in the agricultural and food areas. Five Working Groups will encompass bioethical aspects of agriculture and fisheries in respect to the following areas :

Food (including animals and food processing);
Industry (including new plastics and building materials);
Medicine;
Environment;
Developing countries.

General ethics, patenting, regulation (safety), and economic/political issues will be integrated across the five topics. Thus ethical aspects with respect to :

the sciences;
the technologies;
safety (risk/benefit);
socio-economic aspects;
intellectual property rights and patenting;
regulatory framework;
social acceptability and education

will be dealt with by each Working Group leading to bioethical conclusions. These conclusions will also include recommendations on the need for a European Convention covering bioethical aspects of biotechnology in the agro-food sector.

Each of these studies will have four main consecutive tasks :

to review the existing research, documents and other material in the respective areas;
to identify any deficiencies requiring further review and/or other work;
to conduct the appropriate work if necessary;
to draw up a report of their findings, including executive summary and annexes of key documents.

These reports will be combined as an overall final report in preparation for the subsequent European Conference.

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Cambridge Biomedical Consultants
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Schuystraat 12
2517 XE Den Haag
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Participants (23)

Ceriss
Italy
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Via Andegari 18
20121 Milano

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Council of Europe
France
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67075 Strasbourg

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Da Silva, Rocha, da Silva & Pinto, Avogados
Portugal
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Rua Antonio Enes 18 - R/c Esq
1050 Lisboa

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Haringey Healthcare NHS Trust
United Kingdom
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St. Ann's Hospital St. Ann's Road
N15 3TH London

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Homerton College
United Kingdom
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Hills Road
CB2 2 PH Cambridge

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INDEPENDENT
United Kingdom
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15 St. James's Square
BA1 2TR Bath

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INDEPENDENT
United Kingdom
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Appel Pie Cottage Crompton
RG16 ORE Newburry

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INDEPENDENT
United Kingdom
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16 Kenlegh
PO21 3TS Bognor Regis

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Instituto de Estudios Avanzados
Spain
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C/alfonso Xii, 18, 5
28014 Madrid

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Lincoln House
United Kingdom
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8 Fendon Road
CB1 4RT Cambridge

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Max Planck Institut für Züchtungsforschung
Germany
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Carl-von-linné-weg 10
50829 Köln

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Ministerie Landbouw, Natuurbeheer en Visserij
Netherlands
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Postbus 20401
2500 EK Den Haag

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Ministerie Vrom-Dir-Gen. Milieubeheer
Netherlands
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Postbus 30945
2500 GX Den Haag

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Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport
Netherlands
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Postbus 3008
2280 MK Rijswijk

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National Agric. Research Foundation
Greece
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24100 Kalamata

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National Museum of Science & Industry
United Kingdom
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SW7 2DD London

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Organization for Economic Coop. & Develop.
France
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2 Rue André-pascal
75775 Paris

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Royal Institute for Technology
Sweden
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100 44 Stockholm

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UNIVERSITY OF FLORENCE
Italy
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Via Romana 17/19
50125 Firenze

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University of Bristol
United Kingdom
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Woodland Road
BS8 1UG Bristol

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University of Sheffield
United Kingdom
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Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield

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Universität Bern
Switzerland
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Baltzer-strasse 4
3012 Bern

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Université de Versailles St.Quentin-en-Yvelines
France
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3, Rue De La Div. Leclerc
78280 Guyancourt

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