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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.

Funding Scheme

STU - Study contracts, assessment contracts

Coordinator

Cambridge Biomedical Consultants
Address
Schuystraat 12
2517 XE Den Haag
Netherlands

Participants (23)

Ceriss
Italy
Address
Via Andegari 18
20121 Milano
Council of Europe
France
Address

67075 Strasbourg
Da Silva, Rocha, da Silva & Pinto, Avogados
Portugal
Address
Rua Antonio Enes 18 - R/c Esq
1050 Lisboa
Haringey Healthcare NHS Trust
United Kingdom
Address
St. Ann's Hospital St. Ann's Road
N15 3TH London
Homerton College
United Kingdom
Address
Hills Road
CB2 2 PH Cambridge
INDEPENDENT
United Kingdom
Address
15 St. James's Square
BA1 2TR Bath
INDEPENDENT
United Kingdom
Address
Appel Pie Cottage Crompton
RG16 ORE Newburry
INDEPENDENT
United Kingdom
Address
16 Kenlegh
PO21 3TS Bognor Regis
Instituto de Estudios Avanzados
Spain
Address
C/alfonso Xii, 18, 5
28014 Madrid
Lincoln House
United Kingdom
Address
8 Fendon Road
CB1 4RT Cambridge
Max Planck Institut für Züchtungsforschung
Germany
Address
Carl-von-linné-weg 10
50829 Köln
Ministerie Landbouw, Natuurbeheer en Visserij
Netherlands
Address
Postbus 20401
2500 EK Den Haag
Ministerie Vrom-Dir-Gen. Milieubeheer
Netherlands
Address
Postbus 30945
2500 GX Den Haag
Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport
Netherlands
Address
Postbus 3008
2280 MK Rijswijk
National Agric. Research Foundation
Greece
Address

24100 Kalamata
National Museum of Science & Industry
United Kingdom
Address

SW7 2DD London
Organization for Economic Coop. & Develop.
France
Address
2 Rue André-pascal
75775 Paris
Royal Institute for Technology
Sweden
Address

100 44 Stockholm
UNIVERSITY OF FLORENCE
Italy
Address
Via Romana 17/19
50125 Firenze
University of Bristol
United Kingdom
Address
Woodland Road
BS8 1UG Bristol
University of Sheffield
United Kingdom
Address
Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Universität Bern
Switzerland
Address
Baltzer-strasse 4
3012 Bern
Université de Versailles St.Quentin-en-Yvelines
France
Address
3, Rue De La Div. Leclerc
78280 Guyancourt