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Research Ethics

Research, Risk-Benefi t Analyses and Ethical Issues

A guidance document for researchers complying with requests from the European Commission Ethics Reviews

Publication coverThe objective of this guidance document is to help researchers comply with the requirements of the Ethics Reviews organized by the European Commission. It identifies the most common ethical issues – research on humans, data protection, animal testing, dual use etc. –, gives definitions and illustrates with examples. It provides researchers with practical tips how to ensure ethically sound research and assists them with enlisting the relevant European and international legislation for consultation.

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European textbook on ethics in research

Publication coverThis textbook is the output of the project "European Textbook on Ethics in Research", funded by the European Commission and delivered by members of the Centre for Professional Ethics at Keele University. It is designed for use in the training of science students, researchers and research ethics committee members throughout Europe and beyond. It is intended to be accessible to scientific and lay readers, including those with no previous experience of ethical theory and analysis. The scope of the textbook is the ethics of scientific research involving human beings. It contains case studies relating to a variety of scientific disciplines, including biomedical and human life sciences, new technologies and the social sciences. These have been chosen to illustrate and facilitate discussion of key ethical issues, and to give a flavour of the range of research settings in which these issues occur. Readers will be introduced to a range of philosophical perspectives and concepts, but without any particular approach being promoted. Similarly, reference will be made to major religious views where relevant, but without endorsing or rejecting any particular view

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Syllabus on ethics in research

Addendum to the European textbook on ethics in research

Publication coverThis syllabus is the second output of the project "Europe Textbook on Ethics in Research", funded by the European Commission and delivered by members of the Centre for Professional Ethics at Keele University. As an accompaniment to the principal output of the project, which is the textbook itself, this syllabus provides an overview of the content of the textbook and is designed to be used as a basis for training courses in research ethics aimed at researchers and/or research ethics committee members and officers. The scope of the syllabus is the ethics of scientific research involving human beings. The case studies relate to a variety of scientific disciplines including biomedical and human life sciences, new technologies, and the social sciences. Readers will be introduced to a range of philosophical perspectives and concepts, and these will be used to inform discussion of practical ethical issues, but without any particular approach being promoted. Ideally the syllabus will be used in conjunction with the textbook, but it may also be used independently, in which case the guides to further reading provided at the end of each unit will be of particular importance

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Ethical and regulatory challenges to science and research policy at the global level

Publication coverThe responsible governance of scientific research and technological innovation has become a political and policy concern throughout the world. Many have argued that the unfettered promotion of science and innovation is necessary to the eco¬nomic vitality, public health, and nation¬al security of any country. At the same time there are those who maintain that neither science and technology nor the market can be left to operate wholly on their own without societal guidance and regulation. European experience offers informed perspectives on such issues in ways that may help inform larger discus¬sions. It is thus useful to consider what can be seen through the eyes of Europe concerning the pursuit of responsible re¬search and innovation. The European Commission has recently outlined ambitious plans to create and foster an Innovation Union building on and developing post Lisbon Treaty strat¬egies for creating a European knowledge society. The Europe 2020 strategy fur¬ther outlines a vision of Europe as an economy that is smart, sustainable and inclusive. The Innovation Union aims to turn ideas into jobs, generate green growth and promote social progress. Central to this strategy are scientific re¬search and an innovative capacity to turn research into technologies, products and/or marketable services. To the extent that research and innova¬tion are not ends in themselves but an¬chored in human rights and linked to pub¬lic goods, European policy seeks robust and effective mechanisms for the govern¬ance of science and innovation. Although we must be wary of heavy handed gov¬ernance, simple free market faith in an invisible guiding hand is no more ade¬quate with regard to unfettered research and innovation than it is in other sectors of the economy. Building on a previous Expert Group report on the Global Gov¬ernance of Science (2009) our report thus examines two governance issues central to societal welfare : privacy protection and benefit sharing. The outcome of this examination can be summarized in terms of 12 recommendations (reviewed here in sometimes abbreviated form)

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