The Group edited on 4th February the opinion nr 17 on "the ethical aspects of clinical research in developing countries " .
The Group presented on 20th February a statement on "Advertising genetic tests via the Internet " .
Under the Greek Presidency, on May 26th and 27th, the Group held a working meeting in Athens and met the Greek Minister of Health, Dr. C. Stefanis. The Group also organized a debate with the Members of the Greek Bioethics Committee (GBC), chaired by Prof. George Koumantos, in order to prepare its Opinion nr 18 on "the ethical aspects of Genetic testing in the workplace " .
The Group adopted on 28 July the Opinion nr 18 on "the ethical aspects of Genetic testing in the workplace" (see the Agenda ).
Under the Italian Presidency, on October 20th-22nd, the Group held a working meeting in Rome and met members of the National Bioethics Committee (NBC), chaired by Prof. Francesco D'Agostino. The main theme of the exchange with members of the NBC was on genetic testing on the net. The EGE was then received by the President of the Italian Republic, Mr Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. The Group also met the organisers of the website "Storia e memoria", representatives of Parliament who presented projects of law concerning cord blood banks, and Prof. Salvatore Mancuso, Director of the Department of Gynaecology at the Catholic University in Rome where the biggest umbilical cord cell bank is located.
(see the Agenda ).
The Group worked on the opinion nr 19 on "the Ethical aspects of umbilical cord blood private banking" - as requested by the Commission, since the development of private banks as well as their publicity on the web raises concerns (to be edited beginning of 2004).
In parallel, the Group initiated a reflection on the ethical aspects of the new communication and information technologies, as well as on the ethical aspects linked to nanotechnologies.
On the request from President Prodi, the EGE realised a "Report of the EGE on the ethical aspects of human tissue engineered products " . This report is a contribution, part of the impact assessment study done by DG Enterprise on the new Commission proposal for a regulation on human tissue engineered products (see also DG Enterprise website : http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/index_en.htm).
The EGE is preparing its next opinion on the new communication and information technologies and convergent technologies, and in particular on the recent developments of implants in the human body. In this context, the EGE is organising hearings of experts representing different disciplines (in science and philosophy).
In order to get to know the EGE counterparts in the new Member States, the EGE Chairman has been inviting to Brussels representatives of the National Ethics Committees of these countries. The EGE secretariat edited a summary of the meetings together with some proposals for future collaboration: "Ethics in the New Member States " .
The Group adopted on 16 March the opinion nr 19 on "the ethical aspects of umbilical cord blood banking ".
Under the Irish Presidency, on May 17th to 19th, the EGE held its working meeting in Dublin and met the members of the Irish Council for Bioethics to discuss on the ethical issues related to human tissues and organs. The Group was invited to Eurofound (European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions) and heard the presentation of the EIRO study on “New technology and respect for privacy at the workplace”. Besides, the Group heard a presentation related to nanotechnology and risks at the workplace. The Group also took the opportunity to discuss with Prof. Dervilla Donnelly, Chair of the Commission on Assisted Reproduction (see the Agenda ).
Under the Dutch Presidency, the EGE held its working meeting in The Hague. On November 17th, the Group was invited by the Dutch Ministry and met representatives from the Dutch Health Council, the Council for Health & Health Care, the National Committee for Ethics & Medical Research, and the Dpt of Medical Ethics of the Ministry. The Group heard hearings from the Institute for Ethics & Health Care, on some of their priority issues such as the growing number of elderly, and recent facts about euthanasia. On November 18th, the Group held its working meeting, for the preparation of its Opinion nr 20 on ICT implants in the human body, and held a fruitful discussion with expert from the Forensic Institute. The Group also participated in the International high level conference on "Priority Medicines for the Citizens of Europe", organized by the Dutch government on the occasion of the Dutch Presidency of the EU, to present their R&D agenda for the research and development of medicines.
(see the Agenda ).
Within the preparatory work on its next opinion nr 20, the Group organized on 21st December in Amsterdam, a Round Table Debate on Ethical aspects of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Implants in the Human Body, to promote a transparent dialogue between parties representing different interests on the issue. On 22nd December, the Group held its working meeting and participated in the Forum of National Ethics Committees.
(see the Agenda of the EGE Roundtable ).
(see the Agenda of the NEC Forum ).
The Group adopted on 16 March 2005 the Opinion nr 20 on the Ethical Aspects of ICT Implants in the Human Body. (Translations in and available).
The Group edited the Proceedings of the Round Table debate and the study on ICT implants .
At the end of its mandate (March 2005), the Group produced the General Report on the Activities of the EGE during 2000-2005 . Besides, the Group prepared its Remit for the period 2005-2009
The members of the EGE and President Jose Manuel Barroso (EGE Meeting of 15-16 March 2005: Presentation of their opinion num 20 on "The ethical aspect of ICT implants in the Human Body" to the President).