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E L S A - Ethical Legal and Social Aspects
of the Life Sciences and Technologies

ELSA is a common research sub-area for the three specific programmes
in the field of Life Sciences and Technologies
Biotechnology (BIOTECH), Biomedicine and Health (BIOMED), Agriculture and Fisheries (FAIR).

The ELSA area is aimed at analysing the ethical and social issues raised by specific applications of biotechnology as well as biomedicine and health research in view of their being taken into account in public policy deliberations. It seeks to promote a rational and balanced pluralistic dialogue between key players. A multidisciplinary approach is indeed promoted, in which a dialogue is established between scientists, doctors, philosophers, theologians, lawyers, social scientists, animal protectionists, consumer and patient groups, industry, etc.

In summary, transdisciplinary approaches to selected topics for the current programmes are promoting research on :

  • legal protection of biotechnology inventions, biodiversity and regulatory framework for biological research;

  • fundamental and applied values in biomedicine, embryo and fetus protection, personal data protection, resource allocation in health care, data bases and ethics committees;

  • animal welfare, food safety, pesticides and crop protection, consumer attitudes and sustainable agriculture and fisheries.
This ELSA approach will be extended to all RTD programmes under Framework Programme 5 (1998-2002), in particular of course, to the First Thematic Programme “Improving the quality of life and management of living resources”.


Contact persons Document library ELSA Secretariat
Projects funded Feedback European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE)
ELSA Homepage on the CORDIS Server

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RTD PROGRAMMES | LIFE SCIENCES & TECHNOLOGIES | 14.06.2001

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