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Being a Supranational Regulator in a Fast‐Moving and Politically Sensitive Environment: The Case of the EU Ethics Review Procedure

Amanda Warren‐Jones

in European Law and New Health Technologies

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780199659210
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191748165 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659210.003.0023

Series: Oxford Studies in European Law

Being a Supranational Regulator in a Fast‐Moving and Politically Sensitive Environment: The Case of the EU Ethics Review Procedure

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This chapter draws on experience of working within the European Commission and focuses on ethics review of research funding. This is the main mechanism for integrating ethics into research at the EU level. It provides for a case-by-case review of research proposals that are pre-selected for funding and raise sensitive ethical issues. The Commission's ad-hoc ethics review panel procedure, which provides evaluations of sensitive ethical issues raised by selected proposals for EU research funding, highlights both the opportunities and the limitations of harmonization and standardization efforts with regard to EU-wide ethics oversight of research initiatives. It also shows that a completely harmonized approach in the field is neither feasible nor desirable. The discussion begins with a brief overview of the management of ethical concerns in research at EU level. It then examines specific aspects of the ethics review procedure, including institutional features, legal underpinnings and organizational arrangements.

Keywords: European Commission; ethics review; research funding; EU research; ethical issues

Chapter.  2502 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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