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);
General ethics, patenting, regulation (safety), and economic/political issues will be integrated across the five topics. Thus ethical aspects with respect to :
intellectual property rights and patenting;
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.
Funding SchemeSTU - Study contracts, assessment contracts
N15 3TH London
CB2 2 PH Cambridge
BA1 2TR Bath
RG16 ORE Newburry
PO21 3TS Bognor Regis
CB1 4RT Cambridge
2500 EK Den Haag
2500 GX Den Haag
2280 MK Rijswijk
SW7 2DD London
100 44 Stockholm
BS8 1UG Bristol
S10 2TN Sheffield