Below is a list of pan-European and international
organisations specialising in the ethical aspects of the life
sciences, biotechnology, agriculture, food safety and health.
The European Ethics Network is a pan-European forum promoting
the ethical dimension of scientific research, business and
public policy. It aims to ensure that experts in all fields
are equipped with “the ability to deal with the fundamental
questions of life and a capacity to discern the values which
are at stake”.
Federation of Biotechnology
The European Federation of Biotechnology is a not-for-profit
organisation that brings together research institutions, companies
and individuals across Europe interested in the promotion
Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics (EurSafe)
Eursafe is an independent organisation encouraging professional
debate and academic research focusing on agriculture and food
The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
has designated ‘ethics in food and agriculture’
as a priority area for interdisciplinary action and has set
up a committee to look into the issue.
and Society website
Forging better ties between the scientific community and society
at large is a cornerstone of the EU’s Sixth Framework
programme. This website contains information on policy actions
and Science and Society’s five main themes, including
ethics, aimed at promoting this crucial interaction between
science and society.
American Journal of Bioethics
This is a peer-reviewed collection of academic works on emerging
issues in bioethics. The website also contains the ‘Ajob’
forum for the discussion of new bioethical developments.
Biotechnology Policy Group (The Open University, Milton Keynes
The Biotechnology Policy Group conducts research which relates
biotechnology to the broader issues of agriculture, sustainability,
regulation and technological change.
UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural and educational
arm, is undertaking efforts to promote a broad international
debate on the ethics of scientific knowledge and technology.
The organisation’s International Bioethics Committee
was set up to respond to the major concerns raised by the
progress made in the life and health sciences, in particular
genetics and biotechnology.