Europe's democratic societies should offer the necessary safeguards and channels of dialogue to ensure that the development and application of science and technology (S&T) respects certain fundamental values. The EU's 490 million or so citizens have a common ethical framework that binds them together as Europeans: the Charter of Fundamental Rights.
Reflecting this ethos, participants of projects funded under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) must conform to current legislative and regulatory standards in the countries where the research will be carried out, and respect international conventions, protocols and declarations. If there are ethical issues involved that require examination and prior authorisation, they must seek the approval of the relevant ethics committees prior to the start of the research activities.
The e-Library provides access to the most important pieces of European legislation and international conventions, as well as international declarations and codes of conduct relevant to research activities. It also provides links to a series of opinions of the European Group on Ethics that pertain to research activities.