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Fifth Framework Programme - External Advisory Groups

"Public Health, Research relating to persons with disabilities, Bioethics and Socio-economic aspects of life sciences and technologies"
Advice of the Ad Hoc High Level Expert Group II(H-LEG II)

This position paper was produced by the Ad hoc High Level Expert Group II (H-LEGII) for "Public Health, Research relating to persons with disabilities, bioethics and socio-economic aspects of life sciences and technologies", and represents its views. These views have not been adopted or in any way approved by the Commission and should not be relied upon as a statement of the Commission's or the Research-DG's views.

date of publication: 02.10.2000

Introduction

In preparation for the third call for proposals (2001), the Ad Hoc High Level Expert Group II (HLEG II) was requested to advise the Commission on the way the Work Programme for the areas Public Health (10), Research relating to persons with disabilities (11), Bioethics (12) and Socio-economic aspects of life sciences and technologies (13) should be updated in 2001 to meet the programme's objectives.

In order to formulate this advice the HLEG examined the results of the two deadlines of the first Call for proposals published on March 6, 1999.

Meetings

The High-Level Group II met on 5 April 2000.

Advice

Public health and health services research (area 10):

No changes of the content of the Work Programme were advised. However the Programme should stress the importance of a clear and detailed description of the methodology in the proposals.

Research relating to persons with disabilities (area 11):

It was suggested not to change the current version of the Work Programme for 2001.

Bioethics (area 12):

Some additions to the Work Programme were seen as appropriate. The proposal for the publication of an additional call with deadline in February 2001 was welcomed in order to give more visibility to this area and to allow better coverage of important topics of the Work Programme. An effort should be made to allow fair treatment of proposals using methodologies other than empirical.

Socio-economic aspects of life sciences and technologies (area 13):

The text should be revised, mainly in order to clearly include health technology assessment and in particular issues linked with the availability of genetic information.
An additional Call with deadline in February 2001 (as in Bioethics) could send a positive signal together with adequate initiatives to stimulate applications.

A "socio-economic" web site is being developed by the Quality of Life programme to contribute to raising awareness in this area (http://www.biosociety.dms.it/). Finally, information and presentations about this area should be given throughout Europe in order to make this area in the Quality of Life programme more visible to the interested scientific community.

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