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Ethics Committee

The mission of Inserm's ethics committee is to manage reflection on ethical issues raised by medical scientific research and health research as it is implemented within the Institute.

The development of biomedical research leads to necessary questioning on respect of the human person, questioning that extends to the field of animal testing associated with this research. The discoveries that are made and the applications that can stem from them also raise many questions.

That is why Inserm's ethics committee was set up in 2000, with a vocation of being a full-fledged stakeholder in the dialogue between the medical and scientific community and society as a whole.

As a committee of a research body, its objectives and its operating procedures are closely associated with the practical and daily life of Inserm: it provides its support to the Institute's personnel in order to identify and incorporate ethics issues right from the design stage of their research projects and to give thought to their practices. In time, it will also have the mission of federating the work in ethics of the research bodies in the life and health sciences grouped together at Aviesan. These aspects make for a body that is original and separate from the Comité consultatif national d’éthique (CCNE-French National Ethics Advisory Committee).

The missions of Inserm's ethics committee

The main missions of Inserm's ethics committee are:

In order to best fulfill these objectives, the committee in the middle term will rely on a network of relay persons in ethics. This network will have the role to contribute to the monitoring of ethics and to raising the awareness of the Institute's employees, as closely as possible to the field.

The committee will also work on creating interfaces with:

Committee members

Chairman: Hervé Chneiweiss

The committee includes about fifteen members appointed for a period of 3 years, with renewal possible for its most active members, as certain skills are rare, especially when they are solicited on a voluntary basis.

At least half of the members do not belong directly to Inserm, and at least half are not biologists or doctors. Gender parity is respected. The fields of expertise of the members are complementary and cover biomedical research in humans, animal testing, regulations on health products and processes, and the economics and sociology of health.

The committee includes foreign French-speaking personalities.

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