Principle and timetable

Next meeting of the committee & Deadline for applications:


The Ethics Commission shall consist of at least four full members appointed by the Bureau of the Institute for a renewable term of four years. The Commission shall appoint a chairman from among its full members. It shall benefit from the logistical support of the Institute, which shall ensure correspondence, the minutes of meetings, the conservation of archives and the updating of the website. It may appoint a variable number of members, depending on their competence, who may not be members of the Institute. The Commission may invite any person necessary to carry out its tasks.


At present, the Ethics Commission is composed as follows:
Stefan Agrigoroaei, Marie-Annelise Blanchard, Stéphanie Demoulin, Nadine Fraselle (secretariat), Valérie Goffaux, Jean-Marc Hausman (SSH/JURI), Michaël Parmentier, Nicolas Vermeulen (chairman)


The committee meets once a month, except in July and August.
The evaluation criteria are the respect of the rules for the protection of research participants (Belmont report: 

These rules are based on three basic principles:
- Respect for people, their autonomy and their dignity
- Beneficence, which guarantees the well-being of participants: maximising benefits and minimising risks
- Justice: equal treatment

In concrete terms, these rules imply
- Free and informed consent to participation
- Assessment of the risks and benefits to the participant or society
- Information on the selection procedure used (no positive or negative discrimination)

Created in many research institutions, ethics commissions are sometimes criticised for their bureaucratic functioning, which substitutes the administration of forms for the exercise of personal reflection. In order to avoid these abuses, the Ethics Commission aims to promote self-regulation of research practices by making researchers aware of the problems that can arise from human experimentation (see, in the MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION menu, the pages References and Useful Links).

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